A new report estimates the national cost of accommodating obese citizens at $190 billion a year.
Included in that figure: hospitals widening bathroom stalls, stadiums installing larger seats, the Federal Transit Administration testing new steering and breaks on mass transit systems, and thousands of dollars per person in medical expenditures. Here’s a look at some unexpected financial costs of obesity, by the numbers:
35.7 — Percentage of U.S. adults considered obese
400 — The new minimum seat threshold, in pounds, for subway trains in New York
9.4 — Extra sick days obese women take every year compared to their coworkers
$3,792 — Annual cost to workplaces due to lost productivity for every obese male worker
$5 billion — Extra annual cost of gasoline required to fly overweight passengers on airplanes