Sucking in your belly and struggling to button your tight fitting slacks you think, "I have got to start exercising...or something." You don't dare bend over fearing the fragile connection will explode transforming a button into a metallic, ricocheting bullet. Your doctor has told you countless times; you're at risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and list goes on. But, no matter how many people plead with you to change or how painful it is to hear the words "You need to lose weight", your life rides the rails of sameness.
But, maybe this will help you jump the rails: staying healthy can make you wealthy.
In a study spanning fifteen years following 7300 people, scientists discovered that people who lost enough weight to move from the obese category to normal experienced the greatest increase in wealth while a weight gain correlated to a decrease in wealth. And, in a Rand Corporation study covering a 10 year period, people whose health declined lost money whereas people who maintained excellent health, doubled their worth.
Scientists do not know how losing weight and being healthy improves your wealth. It may be that heavier people experience more job discrimination or miss more work from illness or injury. Whatever the cause may be, improving your health gives you the best chance at improving your wealth.
So, which would you rather have? Tight pants from a fat belly or from a fat wallet? Ready to jump the rails?
ref: Zagorsky, J Economics and Human Biology, 2005, vol. 3, issue 2, pages 296-313