How Much is Your Sugar Addiction Costing You?

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Everybody loves sugar. It makes desserts delicious and sweetens our drinks. But what about the toll it’s taking on our health and on our bank balance?

On average, we each eat around twice the recommended intake of sugar each day. It pushes our weight up which can lead to all sorts of other medical issues. When these issues are thought of in terms of financial cost, it is easier to see the depth of the problem.

We’re using the gym more than ever to shift excess pounds. In the UK, spending on gym memberships went up by 44% in 2015. Coupled with membership of a weight loss program, this could mean spending over £500 a year on losing weight. On a national level, the NHS spends billions on obesity-related illness each year. That sweet tooth comes at a price!

A sweet treat from time to time is good for the soul – but too many sneaky snacks could make a dent in your bank balance. Take control of what you’re eating, and you’ll feel the benefit in your purse and in your well-being. Our new infographic is packed with some great ideas on how to reduce that annual bill.

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Jennifer Gueringer is a Social Media Associate at Enova International, Inc., and is interested in finding new and creative ways to be financially savvy. Find out more about her on Google+.

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