Heavy White Women Earn Less Money

ABC's Dan Kloeffler reveals the shocking truth of obesity in America.
3:00 | 03/11/14

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Sticking to that topic of obesity what is every -- in America lost twenty pounds -- that is eight billion dollar question ABC news officials -- Dan -- is asking in his new hit series. What -- here's a sneak peek. OK America here's the deal. More than 217. Million votes are overweight or weeks so we wonder what if everyone lost twenty pounds and so heavier white females tend to earn -- bigger paychecks for women. Bigger bottom lines of businesses. Every year companies lose about forty. Dollars. Because of -- work cause by weight related issues. Four point three billion dollar gap -- every -- -- -- joining us here with. First of all great series what F thank you very nice catch it on ABC news digital -- and and -- Yahoo! News as well and I Yahoo! News as well. Sit sit you posed this question -- every week what it -- what -- acts and this question this time was what have we lost more weight. -- -- -- whole thing is that you know we're trying to look at it topics that might be timely so you know coming around New Year's resolution everyone wants to either quit smoking or lose weight or whatever it might possibly be. And so we you know we kind of -- -- out further and -- what if everyone did this you know and and so with losing twenty pounds when it you know exactly. Twenty pounds seems to always be that kind -- key figure that everywhere thank -- from overweight and obese if I lost when he how to feel a lot better about ourselves. So we -- -- to do some research and digging out this you know what kind of an impact which when he actually make economically. It is significant as we just -- -- staggering four point three billion dollars in productivity now that's primarily attributed. Two absenteeism so this is. Considered overweight and obese employees that are either having to call out sick for work or having to tend to medical or or some kind of and -- an issue that's. Four point three billion dollar that's a lot of shocking to think it's important that four point three billion dollars of people are not in the workplace essentially -- right. Apparently they -- And the thing and what's with magical about this is that it's -- Pounds so it's like you know you can say with sixty pounds -- hundred pounds you know obesity that you would understand would have a are -- a significant impact. But twenty house. Most of America two thirds of America's either on the borderline of either being overweight or obese and again now listed as a former fat kid that used to be debated by Snickers bar I understand the difficulty with trying to lose way. At the same time. There is a serious obesity problem in the country and to actually look at the economic and look at kind of overall impact of what would it -- if we were all lose twenty pounds. That was sort of that the Genesis for this so. Given the fact from the CDC standards of two thirds of the country being overweight or obese if everyone dropped twenty pounds. We would then be on the border of being normal to overweight and have serious is in -- serious effects from. We're showing a map right now of some of the states with the highest obesity epidemics but you also as I understand it looked at the individual. And in all of this as well because it's one thing I think it's really difficult in this conversation you talk about a from a national standpoint right -- say oh we have a problem right. But and -- seeing me thing. It's very different. About how we would even approach -- -- and you looked at some statistics about money that people are making. And the fact that -- you once you hit that obesity level there's a very different. Salary income expectation. -- -- salary and -- and it also look at the health care costs you know for health care costs to lump. On average for every obese individual they're paying an extra 2700. Dollars a month now if I'm not a -- -- -- a year a year and still that's a lot. 2700. Dollars additional money I here just because your weight -- exactly which is why twenty pounds community difference between singing almost 3000 dollars -- here. You start to add that up that's a 190 billion dollars across the country. On our health care system that's Medicare that's Medicaid and that's also employer sponsored insurance is. But you're talking about salaries and wages now about thirty years ago or for the past thirty -- years. Economic researchers have been compiling data on about 7000. Americans. All all races all socioeconomic backgrounds. A clear example of of the population of the country and what they found. Was that heavier women those that generally fall in the overweight or obese category are making less money than those that are not in those categories. In fact up to five point 6% of their salary is decreased because of this twenty pound. Increase in weight so it was really surprising for us to find that you can have that much of a significant change in your paycheck. Just by twenty pounds what what surprised you announced. You know obviously the -- at that the pay disparity I think was was the biggest thing I guess you know -- which is what about the whole series is that. You look at twenty pounds which is the weight of a car tire or a case of beer and choose your analogy -- And you know you don't think it's not gonna have that -- much of an impact. But you know when looking at five almost 6%. The pay increase and oftentimes that can be a two year increase of you know for -- salary huge exactly so you know the small steps of course as there are coming out how we can lose weight drinking -- your water things like that small steps. You know that really kind of -- for our bottom lines by -- shrinking client. So I -- feeling now is coming but Dan yeah luck I love this idea but what -- series things on ABC news in Yahoo! yes. And people can check you out anytime of the week at least half of the day absolutely coming up next what the new -- Are so now we're working on what if you could drive a car a 100000 miles on one tank of gas. There is the technology out there and would it would even be beneficial. So we're looking at that I think a lot of people it's that yes I'd be very beneficial you'd -- in my wallet you wouldn't be surprised though there are actually some drawbacks -- that. That's that we like to call it so I like to see what exactly appreciate that Butler -- -- what if. David Leavitt saying -- thanks have a great life.

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