Here’s some fascinating, almost jaw-dropping, information about the economic costs of obesity in America.
- Americans consume 938 million extra gallons of gas/year due to excess passenger weight which results in an extra $4 billion in obesity related gasoline costs.
- 86% of Americans are expected to be overweight by 2030
- The estimated indirect cost of obesity in America is $450 billion per year
- Obesity costs the average man an extra $2,646 per year and the average woman an extra $4,879 on average
- Airlines use an estimated 350 million additional gallons of fuel to handle excess weight in passengers (a cost which gets passed on to everyone)
The moral of the story is that obesity costs a lot both on a national and individual level. With 86% of Americans on track to become obese within the next two decades, it’s clearly in our national economic interest to fight this epidemic.