If you’re one of the millions of Australians who have lost weight and are paying more than their health insurer for your car, you might want to reconsider.
“If you want to lose weight, if you want that car insurance, then it is a very good idea,” Dr Nick Pidgeon, a former Australian Weight Management Program co-ordinator, told the ABC.
“It may be a bit of a big risk for you, but you may be able to reduce your insurance costs by 10 per cent.”
“It’s not a question of if you can lose weight or not, but rather what is the best strategy for you.”
Dr Pidgeo said that people who were overweight were “at risk” of being put into a “medical disaster” because of their weight.
He said that when overweight people were able to lose their weight, “the doctors would recommend they lose weight”.
But when it came to cars, he said, “people don’t have a choice”.
“So if you are overweight and you are driving a car and you need to pay more for it, the insurance company will likely want you to pay that extra for that insurance,” he said.
But Dr Pogueon said that it was important to make the best of a bad situation.
While it may be tempting to lose 10 to 15 per cent of your body weight, the average person loses 10 per “kilogram” or 0.5 to 1.5 pounds.
So if your weight is 30 kilograms, then you need a vehicle weighing at least 100 kilograms to have a good chance of being able to drive safely.
Dr Pidgeons advice was echoed by the Australian National Obesity Prevention Group, which also recommended that people lose weight by losing weight in a healthy manner.
“[The advice] was pretty simple, you need some healthy eating and exercise,” a spokesman for the group, Matthew Ritchie, told The Age.
If you’re not able to make weight loss a top priority, then Dr Pigeons advice may be more useful to you.
You can do the maths on the car insurance premiums calculator here: Car insurance premiums for overweight Australians with and without car insurance Source: ABC News | Car insurance calculator This is a summary of some of the key findings from the latest ABS data, which was released on Wednesday.