Losing weight could save you big on life insurance
Personal Finance

Did You Know That Losing Weight Could Save You Thousands of Dollars?

This post originally appeared on Fabric.

Year in and year out, Americans commit (and recommit) themselves to getting fit in the new year. “Stay fit and healthy” and “lose weight” ranked as the top two new year’s resolutions in one study; “save more, spend less” consistently appears among the top five.

Want a little motivation to help you achieve your fitness goal and save money at the same time?

We crunched the numbers. How much might the average American save on 20-year term life insurance if he or she achieved–and maintained–a new year’s resolution of losing weight? We used data from the term life insurance we offer, but these overall trends tend to hold true throughout the industry.

Losing 10 Pounds Could Save Almost $3,200 in Life Insurance

Jessica is the average American woman. She’s 5’4” and weighs 169 pounds (the national average for women). She’s 38 years old (the average American’s age). Her name is even the most popular female name of the eighties.

Assuming Jessica’s a nonsmoker, weighing just ten pounds less (159 pounds) would make insurers view her risk profile more favorably. That could save her nearly $3,200 on $1 million in term life insurance premiums, over a 20-year term. This is based on rates for Fabric Premium, a 20-year term life insurance policy.

On the other hand, if she were ten pounds heavier, she could spend close to $4,400 more over 20 years. (Of course, these are both hypothetical quotes based on Jessica’s situation and don’t apply to everyone.)

Gaining 15 Pounds Could Cost Almost $5,500 More for the Average Man

Meanwhile, Michael is the perfectly average American male, at 5’9” and 196 pounds. Like Jessica, he’s 38 years old (and his name was also a super popular choice in the eighties).

Let’s say this hypothetical man were 15 pounds slimmer, at 181 pounds. He could save close to $3,800 over 20 years! That’s for a $1 million term life insurance policy, based on rates for Fabric Premium (a 20-year term life insurance policy). As with the example above, this quote is based just on Michael’s situation, specifically.

By a similar token, if he were 15 pounds heavier, he could end up spending close to $5,500 extra over the course of his 20-year term.

Why’s Height and Weight So Important to Life Insurers?

Life insurance prices aren’t based solely on your height and weight–they are based on an insurer’s view into your overall health and personal situation.

Yep, we know: BMI isn’t a perfect measure of real health. But it’s a common rule of thumb in the insurance industry, used to give you a rough sense of how much insurance might cost you. This is an internet infographic, after all.

If you want to find out a real, accurate price based on your own unique–and nuanced–health and personal situation, you can [fill out an application](https://meetfabric.com/premium) (which only takes about ten minutes) with your individual information.

Inspiration for Your New Year’s Resolutions

Our goal is to help you get motivated today to actually achieve your new year’s resolutions this year. There are lots of reasons to be healthy–you can run a half marathon, join a pickup soccer team and get the most enjoyment out of your family. Life insurance is just one bit of inspiration among many.

Whether you’ve resolved to lose weight, save money, finally apply for life insurance or all of the above, we’re rooting for you!

This article is designed to provide general information on the subjects covered. It is not, however, intended to provide specific tax or legal advice. Please note that Fabric and its representatives do not give tax or legal advice. You are encouraged to consult with your tax advisor or attorney concerning your own situation.

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