By Laura Woods
“The best way to find out why you are having a health issue and if it is caused by money is to be honest with yourself,” said Debbi King, a personal finance expert based in Quakertown, Pa. “It is like an onion, you have to peel back each layer one by one until you find the true root of the issue.”
A 2014 study from the American Psychological Association found that 64 percent of adults feel stressed about money. If you haven’t been feeling up to par lately, the state of your finances could be to blame. Learn three ways your money choices are making you sick so you can work to overcome them.
EATING OUT EXCESSIVELY
Avid diners told Zagat that they eat out 4.5 times per week and spend approximately $39.50 per meal, totaling $177.75. A 2013 survey by University of Toronto researchers revealed that the average restaurant meal contains 1,128 calories, 56 percent of the average 2,000 calorie intake recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for healthy adults.
At an average of $3 to $6 each, fast food meals are significantly less expensive but can also lead to obesity.
“I find that people are easily fooled into thinking fast food is inexpensive,” said R. Joseph Ritter Jr., a certified financial planner and founder of Zacchaeus Financial Counseling in Hobe Sound, Fla. “People also often have little knowledge of how much they spend on eating out. The two oversights combined can quickly lead to excessive eating out.”
RACKING UP CREDIT CARD DEBT
Your credit score isn’t the only thing that will suffer if you bury yourself in credit card debt. Researchers from Northwestern and McGill universities in 2013 linked excessive levels of debt in young adults to higher diastolic blood pressure and lower self-reported general and mental health.