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Will Life Insurance Be Much Expensive If I’m Overweight?

Did you know that if you believe yourself to be overweight, (and maybe you are), that may not matter because you could still qualify for life insurance and even at a ‘Preferred Rate’?

Note: if you’re “big boned”, not “out of shape”, read this NOW…

When it comes to being overweight, life insurance companies are much more forgiving than you might otherwise think.

So long as your health is relatively good and you are a non-smoker, and you don’t have any other underlying health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, then you can still find affordable term life insurance and at good rates.

For example, read our post about this 5’6 man at 198 lbs who got a preferred rating.

How Affordable is Term Life Insurance If You’re Overweight?

I ran some quotes for people who are in the 40 – 70 years of age bracket. I looked at a ‘Preferred’ rating for a 20 year term policy with a face value of $500,000. These quotes are for a non-smoker and in relatively good health.

This is for a male and an individual who is 5’10  and who could get ‘Standard/Preferred’ rates or better if they weigh 265 pounds or less.   (If you are over age 65, then that same person can weigh up to 278.)

Sample Quotes for a 5’10 Male Who Weighs Less Than 265 Pounds

$500,000 Term Life Insurance Quotes for Male Aged 40 -70
20 Year Term Life Insurance Policy
Monthly Annual
40 Year Old Male



50 Year Old Male



60 Year Old Male



70 Year Old Male



(Disclaimer – These rates are effective as of March 11, 2013)

What if I Weigh More Than 265 Pounds?

If you are 5’10 and weigh more than your term insurance rating cut off point, it will most likely cost more if you weigh more than 265 pounds. I’ve adjusted the rates to reflect a rough ballpark estimate of how much more it might cost you.

If you weigh in more such as in the following increments, you will need to add on this additional % to the quotes provided above for your age group.

266 lbs – 341 lbs, add 25% to 50% to the above quote

342 lbs – 356 lbs, add 100% to 150% to the above quote

357 lbs – 389 lbs, add 200% or more to the above quote

If you weigh more than that, you should know that a 5’10 person can still weigh up to 420 lbs and qualify for a ‘Graded’ death benefit policy.

Other Points to Consider if You’re Overweight

Did you know that as you get older that life insurance companies are even more tolerant when it comes to your weight.  That’s right!  If you just happen to be over age 60 many insurance companies become more lenient on how much you are allowed to weigh.

If you happen to be over the age of 65, then that same 5’10 person can weigh up to 278 and still qualify for a Standard/Preferred rate.

It’s actually quite surprising how much some of the insurance companies let you weigh.  For example, a lot of people who are 5’10 and are 229 lbs might think they are 30 to 50 lbs overweight.  However, Genworth will approve that person at a preferred class.  And, if that person was over age 65, he could weigh up to 243 lbs and still be approved at preferred rates.

So, as you can see, being overweight isn’t as much of an obstacle to finding affordable life insurance as you might have thought.

Losing Weight and Life Insurance

Many people think that it would be better if they could lose the weight before they apply for life insurance.  There are both pros and cons to this way of thinking.

Losing a few pounds never hurts, and if you schedule your life insurance medical appointment 2-3 weeks down the road, and do some moderate cardio (Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise regime), and watch your calorie intake you will likely improve your cholesterol levels, and maybe even lower your blood glucose and blood pressure, than that will look good on your exam.

Need to lose a few lbs before your medical exam?  We recommend:

But, you also have to keep in  mind that the insurance carrier is going to ask you if you lost or gained 10 pounds or more in the last year.  So, even if you’ve dropped 10 pounds since you last got weighed by your own doctor, the weight you’ve dropped may not be all that advantageous.  For another post where I cover this idea thoroughly, click here.

Another thing to consider about losing weight is that many people simply have trouble losing that weight and keeping it off.  So, what happens?  They keep putting off applying for life insurance altogether.

This is not a good idea because you and your family have no life insurance coverage and the policy you do eventually buy is going to be more expensive because you’re also getting older.  Life insurance becomes more expensive as you get older so don’t put off applying for it.

Are you Big Boned and Muscular? Find out how we can get you a better rating!

Are you Big Boned and Muscular? Find out how we can get you a better rating!

Life Insurance for the “Big Boned” or “Muscular”

Problem: Life insurance companies factor in height and weight into the way they classify you.

They will potentially charge people higher premiums who weigh more.

Does that seem fair? Usually, I would say yes, but what about this situation…

Life Insurance Approval for Big Boned and Muscular People

Arnold Schwarzenegger measured at 6’1, 250 lbs in the 1970’s. By many standards, you would have to say Arnold was “overweight”. But he was clearly all muscle.

If Arnold were to buy life insurance or someone with a similar build, should he be excluded from the best life insurance rates?

Here’s where you need a knowledgeable life insurance agent.

You want a carrier who will look closely at your Chest and Waist measurements to help determine whether you are muscular, or just plain overweight.

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True Example of a Case Story

Here’s a real life scenario I encountered for a very healthy male who was both bog boned and muscular. I went the extra distance to get him the best possible rating for his unique situation.

His particular case was a bit more complicated because he also had PTSD, but as always, when I get a tough case, rather than just “throwing out” a few quotes off the top of my head, I sent out a trial offer request to over 2 dozen life insurance companies.

Summary of the Trial Offer Request

I have a very unique case.

Male, 52 years old, non tobacco, superb health, retired from military after 23 years with 80% VA disability for combination of (elbow problem, carpel tunnel, and ptsd).

However, he is not your average ptsd guy!

He has a rx (as needed) which he never takes. He is also listed by the VA as “fully employable”. For the last 12 years, he has been working as a Department of Logistics Director and makes 300K+ per year.

The other special consideration is that he’s 5’9, 220 lbs.

However, he’s not your average 5’9, 220 lbs guy either!

He’s a health nut. For 37 years, on the side he has been an active personal trainer and former body builder. He has 9.5% body fat.

He’s very offended that other people who are 5’9, 220 lbs who are not in good shape at all, could potentially qualify for the same health rating as him.

Bottom line. This guy is former military, runs his life like a machine. Super health, doesn’t drink or smoke. He wants to be rated as such. Is this possible?

What Were the Results?

I sent this man’s scenario to a number of carriers that specialize in high risk cases. The best rating I received was from American General and they made a tentative offer of “Standard Plus.”

The reason why I didn’t get a better rating of “Preferred” or “Preferred Plus” was due to the mitigating factor of the PTSD. One underwriter told me that had it not been for the PTSD, they would have made a tentative offer of a “Preferred” rating.

I know that the companies will give you credit if your chest it wider than your waist (they measure when the examiner comes out to take your blood). If your chest is substantially bigger than your waist, such as a 50 inch chest and 34 inch waist, they underwriters can usually give you credits to bring you up at least one health class.

So, the bottom line is that if you are “big boned” or” muscular”, and in good health, then you want to use an agent like me who knows which companies are more lenient when it comes to your size.

Learn More About Life Insurance Testimonials and Success Stories

At Huntley Wealth, I back up my ability to succeed with real life trial offer stories, please check out our Testimonials Page and our Success Stories Page, and see what other satisfied clients had to say!

Where to Find an Affordable 10 year Term Life Insurance Policy

You always want to talk to an independent agent like myself.  We can access and research dozens of companies so you are assured we will find the best policy at the most affordable rates.  If you have health concerns, don’t let that dissuade you because we can give you valuable advice and help you to find a policy that suits you.

Whatever your needs or questions then please call me direct at 877–443–9467.

*Written by Chris Huntley. Huntley Wealth Insurance and its representatives do not give legal or tax advice. Please consult your own legal or tax adviser.
Chris Huntley
Chris Huntley is the owner of Huntley Wealth Insurance, a San Diego life insurance agency. You can find him on Google + and Facebook. Over the past 8 years, Chris has consulted with over 2000 individuals about their insurance needs. He is a proud husband and father to three adorable girls.
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