The ABC reality weight loss show, Fat March, concluded last night with the remaining 6 participants completing a 575 mile walk from Boston to Washington, DC. Plenty of pounds were shed. Plenty of sore knees to show for it.

I have followed Fat March strictly from a life insurance standpoint, hoping that we could share some relevant information out about how obesity affects life insurance rates and the impact that weight loss can have on those rates.

The nature of the show is such that people could be voted off and some were. It’s a shame that those that left the show weren’t able to weigh in at the finish line also, because I know of at least one participant, Will, who continues to lose weight and has actually lost more than any of the people who finished the show.

Again, I will give their beginning and ending weight and their beginning and ending cost of a $250,000 term life policy. Just to reiterate, these quotes assume no other health issues and also assume that the weight loss is maintained for a year. The results were dramatic.

1. Michael started at 319 and is now 239. Start $735, now $277.

2. Chantal started at 250 and is now 199. Start $535, now $262.

3. Sam started at 382 and is now 297. Start $686, now $485.

4. Jami Lynn started at 236 and is now 186. Start $430, now at $142.

5. Loralie started at 241 and is now 185. Start $381, now $220.

6. Shea started at 289 and is now 234. Start $475, now at $210.

Congratulations to all. More than just weight loss, it appeared that all participants came away with a new appreciation of their ability to overcome the past and take control of their lifestyle. Life insurance underwriters reward that. More importantly people who make those changes are rewarded with better health, longer lives, and waking up feeling great.

Bottom line. Obesity is the road to a number of dangerous health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Getting control of a weight problem adds years, quality years to a person’s life.