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Being Obese Almost As Costly As Not Going To College

Being overweight has heavy financial implications. Obese 18-year-old men will earn 18 percent less over their a lifetime than those of a normal weight, according to a recent study published in the research journal Demography. This is roughly the same lifetime earnings penalty as missing about three years of college education, the researchers point out.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

There is not only long-lasting psychological damage from obesity but potentially cognitive damage that can also explain the lower earnings.

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