Supersized battle of the sexes

A new study that looked at the cost of obesity had some interesting findings.

George Washington University researchers found the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man. That is compared to $524 for women and $432 for men for merely being overweight.

The study suggests the reason for the discrepancy between the sexes is that larger women earn less than their skinny counterparts, while weight doesn’t affect men’s earning potential.

What do you think the reason is? Does it have something to do with men traditionally earning more in the workplace? Is it fair? Have you seen this where you work?

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September 22nd, 2010
10:12 am

Actually what I’ve seen is that we don’t hold women as accountable for their action as we do men. Is there any correlation that more women are obese than men? Why is that factor not included, and why is the first reason assumed to be because of sexism?

Not So Skinny Minnie

September 22nd, 2010
1:38 pm

No,I don’t see this where I work, otherwise I would not be working here! OK, the reason is that women are rewarded for conforming to society’s current, narrow standards of beauty and by the same token, punished for failing to do so. And no, I do not consider it fair. No sane, reasonable, compassionate, thinking person would.


September 24th, 2010
10:17 am

Jeff, women’s bodies are different than men’s bodies. Perhaps that is why there is a higher portion of obese women than men. I am fortunately not in that category, however, I can say from my own family, that I certainly have less time for myself than my husband does. While he is out playing league tennis several times a week, I’m at home doing laundry, cooking, helping with homework, and getting ready for my kids 8:30 bedtime. I don’t actually get to sit down and do anything for myself until at least 9:00 at night. That makes fitting in a regular exercise routine difficult. I also think guilt has a lot to do with it. I feel guilty if I ask my husband to take my son to soccer practice so that I can do something for myself, like attend the spin class at the gym. Now, I’m pretty sure my husband doesn’t feel one iota of guilt at playing tennis. I think women are just wired differently.

Peachtree Pete

September 27th, 2010
7:18 pm

Not too much interest in this topic. Or, are the heavy just quick to navigate away from this site??? Come on guiys and gals, put the Double Whoppers down and do some speed walking towards better health. You are what you over eat.