At least half, and up to two-thirds, of the cost of added weight can be attributed to lost income. (Photo: Shutterstock)

There’s little argument that people with chronic overweight or obesity challenges tend to face related health problems during their lives. Such illnesses as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers have been directly tied to excessive weight.

But what if we could tell someone at age 20, 30 or 40 exactly how much being overweight or obese would cost them during their lifetime? And what if that information would include not just medical costs, but societal costs as well — primarily lost wages due to lower productivity?

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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