Weight loss, smoking-related New Year's resolutions fairly successful in 2011

Feb 16, 2012

Losing weight and quitting smoking during the new years could help life insurance become cheaper.

Fifty-one percent of people plan to exercise more in 2012 and 35 percent plan to lose weight as a part of their New Year's resolution. Based on how well people followed through with their resolutions last year, 2012 goal makers may find a fair amount of success with their New Year's promises.

A recent poll by Thompson Reuters-NPR Health asked respondents for their opinions and experience on creating new year's resolutions related to weight loss and smoking. About 57 percent of Americans who made goals to lose weight in the last five years were successful and 48 percent who vowed to lose between 10 and 29 pounds were successful.

"As the country re-evaluates ways to reduce runaway healthcare spending, it is time for all
Americans to resolve to take better care of themselves and others," said Raymond Fabius, M.D., chief medical officer at the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. " Data demonstrates that the majority of medical costs can be traced back to poor lifestyle issues such as obesity and tobacco use."

MSN's Money Central said those who lose weight could save hundreds of dollars per year on life insurance premiums. Steven Weisbart, an economist with the Insurance Information Institute, said individuals can lose weight, and save, by making simple changes to their daily consumption, such as cutting out unhealthy foods, which could help them save on life insurance.

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