Weigh Less, Make More $$$.

How much more motivation does one need to maintain a healthy body weight? If you’re looking for another reason to lose those last 5 pounds, then Ohio State University may have a study performed just for you.

Get Rich (and Skinny) Quick.

According to the 15 year study, which measured net worth vs. BMI (body mass index), for every one point increase in BMI, a person could expect a $1300 decrease in net worth. The effect was greatest for Caucasian women, but a statistical difference was still observed for Caucasian men and African-American women (no differences were found for African-American males).

Interestingly, net worth for African-American males peaked at the high point of BMI (32, obese range).

What the study posits is that workforce discrimation occurs against obese women, especially if they are Caucasian. However, the effect could also be observed due to higher healthcare expenses, since obese individuals are at greater risk for a myriad of health problems.

The study is fraught with the usual faults of longitudinal studies of this kind – based on surveys, there is no way to know if the responders answered truthfully or accurately regarding assets, expenses, weight, etc. Using BMI compounds the issue, as BMI does not distinguish between fat and lean weight (which may account for African-American males being unaffected by high BMI – they typically score much higher on BMI scales due to denser bone structure and high lean tissue weight, not because of higher body fat). But it does present an interesting picture of how body weight may relate to net worth.

According to the study, benefits are greatest when one goes from one category to another, i.e., obese to overweight. The cost of the new wardrobe alone would probably offset much of the benefits posited by the study.

Just kidding about that last part.

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