Saturday 29 August 2009

Financial Bad Effect of Obesity

Apparently, obesity is not just bad for your physical health, it hurts you financially as well. In Obesity and wages: using body composition as an alternative to BMI, Georgia State University Economics professor Erdal Tekin finds that "... increased levels of body fat decreases wages of both males and females." The converse is true as well: "... individuals with high levels of fat-free mass or lean body mass earn a wage premium".

Along the way, he notes that Body Mass Index (BMI) - the ratio of weight in kilograms and height in meters squared - is not a very good measure of being too fat due to differences in body build, fat patterning, and muscularity.

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