Hidden Costs

by 100poundsofchange

Hidden costs when you’re fat are everywhere. I’m not talking about food costs, or healthcare costs, I’m speaking about little things you may be aware of but don’t really think too much about. I got to thinking about how being fat impacts your wallet in perhaps not so obvious ways. The first one that came to mind is the increased cost to get drunk. Buying alcohol when you’re out on the town can get expensive if your weight gives you a naturally higher tolerance. Perhaps this is a good thing for those who like to drink casually just to take the edge off, but when I’m out with friends, it’s nice to be able to keep up with them without racking up double the tab that they do.

One question I’ve always had, and probably should have Googled before now is if being 50-100 pounds heavier has a dramatic impact on the gas mileage of your car. Especially if you’re talking about the aggregate effect over a few years. According to an extremely quick search on Google resulted in an article that stated that obesity reduces an average of 2.5% of fuel efficiency of a car. This is not an irrelevant cost difference. I don’t want to do the math right now, but if you think about what percentage of your budget is spent on fuel for your car, and increase it by 2.5% you can see that it makes a difference.

The costs to being overweight are everywhere. I had a diet that I went on once where I discovered I actually saved $200 a month in food costs. It’s not even just about monetary costs. Time is also wasted while being overweight. It takes longer to walk places, it takes longer to walk through crowds, and I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it takes me a lot longer to wake up and get ready in the morning when I’m fat.

Being slimmer has other benefits blah blah, but you know all that. I just wanted to highlight some of the nuances.

Current Weight: 295 Pounds