Who would have thought that your weight could have anything to do with the contents of your wallet?

Well probably more than you think as according to a new study conducted at the University of Otago’s Christchurch Health and Development (CHDS) in New Zealand.

Researchers found that ‘being obese may benefit a person’s bank account, but it depends what gender they are.’

Men, who are overweight especially, may have a larger wallet then their skinnier male counterparts.

Sounds crazy right?

Researchers kept track of the lives of more than 1,200 children for 38 years during adolescence and adulthood to track their weight along with other factors like income and mental health. Findings showed that the greater a man’s body mass index (BMI) is the more money he earns.

However, this was the opposite when it came down to women as those who are overweight, tend to earn less than thinner women; and were also more likely to be depressed.

The study’s lead author, John Horwood said in a press releasethat:

There was a clear relationship between larger men and larger weekly pay packets, But for men, being classified as overweight or obese according to the BMI Index did not negatively affect other outcomes measured in the study such as self-esteem or mental health.”

What is considered as an overweight BMI?

If you have a BMI of more than 30, that is their classification for obesity, whereas a normal BMI would be between 18.5 and 24.9.

This measurement is used to calculate body fat based on your height, weight and gender. Horwood and his team calculated that on average, men with a BMI of more than 30 made $140(R 1 800) a week than men who have a normal BMI.

Another surprising fact is that researchers found that not only were men making more money the higher their BMI was, but they were also mentally healthier.

Sounds a bit bizarre.

We still believe in a healthy balanced lifestyle. But hey, let us know what you think about this.

Sources: Medical Daily, Christchurch Health and Development. 2015

Alice Paulse