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Have you ever thought about how much it costs to be overweight? Every pound you add to your frame costs money and not just in weight gain, but in lost productivity, fuel consumption, reduced wages, etc. George Washington University did a study that found the average cost of obesity for women was about $5,000 more annually. While men only had half the cost, both were a marked (at least five fold) increase over the costs of merely being overweight.

But what about the social costs, or the things you can't put a price tag on? I have a friend who will not go to the pool for fear of wearing a bathing suit. And I know other people who cannot play with their grandchildren or go for a walk with a loved one. Costs – financial, physical and mental – are incrementally detrimental. How much fuller is life with experiences shared with loved ones? How much would you give to share one more experience with someone you have loved and lost?

The good news with weight loss is that it doesn't have to be expensive. It can actually save you money in both the short and the long term. It merely requires choice. Now, a lot of people are going to say, “No, Kristin, it requires self discipline.” But that's not entirely true. It really requires planning and knowing what foods to eat when.

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