Money - Hidden Costs Associated with Gaining Weight
May 25th, 2006
Upsizing your meal
to mega-size at the fast food restaurants may be inexpensive but there
are hidden costs to eating excessively.
A group of
researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison calculated how much
money a single occurrence of overeating costs over the following year.
The study will be published in the June 2006 issue of the Journal of the
American College of Nutrition.
with the overwhelming costs of obesity to society as a whole, people
don't always take the statistics personally," said Rachel Close who
worked with the professor of nutritional science, Dale Schoeller, as part
of her master's thesis. "This is another way to present the costs
associated with weight gain, and might help convince people that
upsizing a meal is no bargain after all. With obesity projected to rise
from the current 30 percent to 40 percent of the American population by
2010, this is an important message."