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Lose Weight and Increase Earning Power

Updated on November 18, 2013

Facts about obesity and earning power


A 10% increase in body mass index can cut a man's real earning By 3.3 % and a woman's by 1.8%

Weight problem is only bad for health it can have a negative impact on earning power. Just 10% increase in body mass index , a measure of weight relative to height, can cut a man's real earnings by 3.3% and a woman's by 1.8%, Economists said on wednesday.

Research from nine european countries shows the negative impact of weight on wages is stronger in the "oil belt" nation which include Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal.

Body Mass Index and wage effect

Economist Giorrio Brunello from the University of Padova, Italy said that BMI affects wages negatively in Europe. Moreover, the size of the effect is larger for males as compared to females.

But he does not know whether it is due to discrimination against the overwieght and obese or to health problems or depression that limit their productivity.

Calculating BMI

Body Mass Index is calculated by dividing wieght in kilograms by height in meters squared. a BMI between 20-25 in normal, 25-30 is pre obese and more that 30 is obese.

The best way to check your Body Mass Index is by using Body Mass Index calculator or the Body Mass Index chart

Public Health Warning on Obesity

Public Health experts have warned that Europe is facing an obesity epidemic that will increase health costs and hamper economic development.

Upo23% men and as many as 36% of woman in europe are suffering obesity. It is also a growing problem in children.

Bmi Chart

Research Findings

Burnello and Beatice D'Hombres of the Euopean Commission , Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy used information from the European Community House Panel, which is a compative dataset, in the study published in The Journal Economics and Human Biology.

The results point out that "heavier European workers experience a wage penalty in the labour market.''

The researchers said their findings are in line with the results of a recent survey of European that shows Southern Europeans place a higher concern on gaining weight.

Nelville RIghby, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the International Obesity Task Force in London, said the findings need to be looked at more closely.

Extreme Obesity

We should be concerned of health consequences!


"What is being shown is that there is an income gradient which relates to obesity in the same way that other factors do. People are more concerned about overweight and obesity in certain areas it may well relate to the fact that they are becoming more aware of the health consequences," he added.

Eat well to lose weight!


Firstly you need to have proper 3 meals during the day, out of which the breakfast is the most vital meal for the body. It is said that breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and dine like a pauper! You may start off your day with cereals or oatmeal, boiled eggs, fresh and home-made fruit juice, cornflakes, etc.

Dieteing is good but losing weight is not about dieting in such a way that you starve yourself. By starving or eating less your body does not get the right quantity and quality of food, it uses up the internally stored energy to make up for the less food supplied and thus you may put on weight instead of losing as your muscles are lost and not fats.

Your meal must be high in proteins, fibre, and complex carbohydrates which will build up your body muscles. Usually non-vegetarian food is high in protein like eggs, fish, chicken, etc. Avoid red meat in your diet. You should also have one glassful of milk everyday to build up calcium in your body to strengthen your bones and teeth. Rice, potatoes, fruits, wheat, etc contain high carbohydrates. Regularly have green leafy vegetables in your meals.

Your food must be high in fiber, proteins and complex carbohydrates. This will build up muscles. Protein rich foods are eggs, fish, chicken etc. Have one glassful of milk for calcium for bone strength. Potatoes, rice, wheat are rich in carbohydrates. Be sure to include green leafy vegetables. Avoid red meat, junk foods and processed canned goods.

Take some salads with each meal, but use oil free dressings, or perhaps eat fruits instead of the usual cookies, burgers, and sweet stuffs for your snacks.

Don't forget to take in plenty of water. It can clean your body and rehydrate yourselft. If in case you do not know, our body is made up of 70 percent fluid. You may just compare it with the EARTH. If there is no sufficient water, there is drought!

Excercise to Lose Weight


It is very important that we move our body around for good circulation and better health. But sometime we do not have the time to do this activities considering our nature of work.

Well, this would require time management. There are a lot of exercise programs available even online for you to do and accomplish. It's all up to you. If in case as of the moment you do not have the time to do it, then perhaps doing a little adjustment in your daily activities would be a good start.

You may start of with the following:

- take the stairs whenever you can

- park the car further from the entrance to your office

- take breaks throughout the day to walk or move around

- watch less tv and curb your computer time


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    • JPSO138 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Hi dreamermeg, I guess there is a relation to such. Thanks for dropping by and for the comment.

    • DreamerMeg profile image


      5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      That's an interesting point about larger people earning less. It probably fits in with research that shows that good looking people are more likely to pass a promotion board!

    • JPSO138 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Thanks for the appreciation grand old lady. There is no better thing to ask for in life than having a good health...

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Interesting points about the health aspect of losing weight. And I like the practical points you give on how the smallest things, like taking the stairs, can help to keep us healthier:)

    • JPSO138 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Hi Anna, you are right indeed. Thanks for dropping by.

    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      Interesting information with good tips.

      Unfortunately with our twenty four hour world and sedatory lifestyles; health suffers. Processed food is something that our world would be better without.

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      Research Analyst 

      9 years ago

      This is a good study and relevant information especially now in the recession.

    • marisuewrites profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      A great hub for good dieting and developing heathy eating habits. You laid out the information very well. Welcome to hub pages and keep writing!!

    • Lgali profile image


      9 years ago

      This very informative hu good info about Body Mass Index I was looking for this

    • blondepoet profile image


      9 years ago from australia

      You really give your stories such a professional look well done. Thank goodness I am in the healthy weight range lol but there are some who could do with a look in here

    • hub linker profile image

      hub linker 

      9 years ago

      I've been looking for the body mass index chart, thanks a lot I've found it in your hub. I'm going to use it in my home management module.


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