Can you get life insurance if you’re overweight?

Yes, you can get life insurance if you’re overweight or have a high BMI and securing the cover you need should be a straight forward process.

Generally, if your BMI is under 30 then you could be offered a policy at the standard price, unless you have any related health conditions.

If your BMI is over 30 then this is likely to affect the cost of your premiums, but it may still be possible to get affordable life insurance.

Comparing quotes from multiple insurers will help you to find the best available deal; especially as some insurers offer better rates to those who are considered overweight or obese.

At Reassured, the UK’s largest life insurance broker * , our experts can help you compare quotes FREE of charge and without obligation.

We work with a panel of major insurers, as well as smaller specialists, giving us the advantage to help you find those that may be most suitable.

Continue reading this guide to learn more about arranging life insurance if you’re classified as overweight, obese or morbidly obese.

About life insurance for overweight applicants

Life insurance can provide your loved ones with a vital financial safety net should anything happen to you.

The funds from your policy can help to cover essential costs such as:


Mortgage or rental payments

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Household bills (gas, electric, water, broadband, council tax)

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Childcare (average cost of full-time nursery is £285.31 a week[1])


Outstanding debts in your name (credit cards, personal loans, car finance etc)


Funeral expenses (the average cost of dying, including the cost of a funeral, is £9,200[2])

Life insurance for overweight applicants is the same as life insurance for healthy weight applicants.

The difference is that you may pay a higher premium for some types of cover depending on your specific BMI reading.

However, many people with a high BMI have secured affordable cover through our broker service.

We do our best to help you find the right financial protection for your family, no matter your circumstances.

How much overweight life insurance do you need?

Work out how much life insurance you may need based on your current financial commitments and what you want your policy to cover. Simply fill in the fields which apply to you for an instant calculation.


£137,934 is the estimated mortgage debt per household in the UK.

The purchase of a home is likely to be the largest financial commitment any of us will make in our lifetime. Your life insurance should cover your remaining mortgage balance to allow your loved ones to stay in the family home should anything happen to you.



The average monthly household budget in the UK is £2,548 (that’s £30,576 per year), which is spent on transport, food & drink, utilities (gas, electricity, water etc), clothing, council tax and leisure activities.

With energy prices hitting a record high and the cost of living rising sharply in the UK, you may wish to factor in utility bills and family living expenses into your cover.



The average personal debt of UK adults has risen to £34,566 (not including mortgage debt), with credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts being the most common forms of debt.

Factoring in any debts into your life insurance cover means that, if they need to be paid back from your estate after your passing, your loved ones won’t miss out financially.



According to SunLife, the average cost of a funeral in the UK is £3,953 (with the overall cost of dying at £9,200).

Funeral costs have increased by 116% since 2004 and are a significant cost which should be factored into the amount of life insurance you secure.



When factoring in cover for your children, you may wish to calculate the amount based on how long it is until they reach financial independence.

This could include childcare (£7,000 per year for part-time care), school expenses (£1,519 per school year for uniforms, lunches, stationary etc), as well as an additional sum for further education (this could be a contribution of up to £5,000 per year).

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2 in 5 adults say they are relying on an inheritance to fund their retirement.

Factoring in an inheritance to your sum assured could allow loved ones to live a more financially comfortable life. Alternatively, you could leave a cash gift to a charity of your choosing.



If you’re lucky enough to have your own savings or are part of the 30% of UK residents who already have a life insurance policy in place, this can provide financial protection for loved ones.

By entering your current cover, savings or death in service amount you can reduce the sum assured you require.


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How does BMI affect your life insurance?

BMI can affect your life insurance and the cost of your policy.

Particularly with a high BMI, the price that you pay may be higher due to the increased risk of developing certain health conditions.

As part of the application process, insurers will ask for your height and weight so they can calculate your BMI (which determines your weight range - see below).

If your BMI is between 25 and 30 then you may be able to secure your chosen policy at the standard rate, depending on your health and smoking status.

If you have a BMI over 30 then you’re more likely to be considered high risk to insure and your premiums may be increased accordingly.

What is BMI?

BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measure that uses your height (in m2) and weight (in kg) to estimate the amount of body fat you have, which determines if you’re a healthy weight for your height.

For life insurance, your BMI reading may be combined with your waist measurement (trouser or dress size) for a more accurate measure of your weight.

The table below shows the most likely outcomes of your life insurance application based on your BMI reading alone:

BMIWeight rangeMost likely outcomes
Under 18.5UnderweightAccepted with increased premiums or declined. May require medical screening (depending on BMI rating).
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18.5 - 24.9Healthy WeightAccepted with standard premiums.
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25 - 29.9OverweightAccepted with standard premiums.
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30 - 39.9ObeseAccepted with standard premiums or increased premiums. May require medical screening (depending on age and BMI rating).
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Over 40Morbidly ObeseAccepted with increased premiums or declined. May require medical screening (depending on BMI rating).
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Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator

Use our simple calculator to work out your BMI and discover the most likely outcome of your life insurance application based on your reading.

Less than 18.5 = Underweight

Between 18.5 - 24.9 = Healthy Weight

Between 25 - 29.9 = Overweight

Between 30 - 39.9 = Obese

Over 40 = Morbidly Obese

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What is the maximum BMI for life insurance?

The maximum BMI level for life insurance can go up to 45 (or 47 depending on your age) with some mainstream insurers.

Some specialist insurers can help arrange life insurance for people with a BMI up to 53.

Although other factors such as your age, health and smoking status combined with your weight can determine your eligibility.

We work with mainstream and specialist insurers, giving us a good chance of helping you find the right cover at the right price.

Contact Reassured to find out your available options and compare free quotes.

Best life insurance for overweight

Finding the best life insurance for overweight will be a case of looking at the policies available, choosing one that’s suitable and comparing quotes.

The type of cover that’s right for you will depend on your age, your health, your budget and what you want your policy to cover.

We have outlined the various policy types available below to help you decide which may be the best option for you.

Types of life insurance

Level term life insurance for overweight

Level term life insurance

Level term cover is best suited to people who support a family and/or have a mortgage to cover.

Policy key features:

  • Pays out if you pass away during a specified term
  • Term length from 2 - 40 years
  • Fixed monthly premiums
  • Fixed pay out up to £1,000,000
  • Includes medical questions, so premiums may be inflated based on your BMI and health
  • Comes with free terminal illness cover
  • Available through Reassured
Decreasing term life insurance for overweight

Decreasing term life insurance

Decreasing term cover is like level term but the sum assured decreases over time. It’s usually the cheapest option.

Policy key features:

  • Pays out if you pass away during a specified term
  • Term length from 2 - 40 years
  • Fixed monthly premiums
  • Pay out up to £1,000,000 which decreases throughout the term
  • Includes medical questions, so premiums may be inflated based on your BMI and health
  • Comes with free terminal illness cover
  • Available through Reassured
Over 50 life insurance for overweight

Over 50s life insurance

Also known as an over 50s plan, this type of life insurance can be ideal for people who are aged 50 - 85, are overweight and have health problems.

Policy key features:

  • Guarantees to pay out when you pass away
  • Fixed monthly premiums and fixed pay out up to £20,000
  • Guarantees acceptance to applicants aged 50 - 85
  • No medical questions/no BMI check
  • Premium payments stop at age 90 (or when you pass away)
  • Typically used to help cover funeral costs and/or leave as an inheritance
  • Cover begins after a 12 or 24 month ‘waiting period
  • Immediate accidental death cover
  • From £5-a-month through Reassured +
Whole of life insurance for overweight

Whole of life insurance

Whole of life insurance is designed for people who want to secure a guaranteed cash pay out for their family. It’s the most expensive form of cover.

Policy key features:

  • Guaranteed pay out up to £1,000,000
  • Fixed monthly premiums
  • Includes medical questions, so premiums may be inflated based on your BMI and health
  • Premiums are usually more expensive than other types of cover and must be paid for the rest of your life
  • May not be suitable for people who are paying inflated premiums due to having a high BMI
  • Available through Reassured

How much does life insurance for overweight cost?

The cost of life insurance for overweight will depend on your individual circumstances and the policy you choose.

With the exception of an over 50s plan, the following factors are taken into account to calculate your monthly premium:

  • Your age
  • Your health & wellbeing
  • Your smoking status
  • Your weight/BMI
  • Your policy pay out (sum assured)
  • Your policy term (length of cover)

Generally speaking, if you’re classified as overweight (and a non-smoker in good health), then you should be able to secure cover with standard terms.

This means that your monthly premiums may not be increased due to your BMI, and you’ll pay the standard rate.

Life insurance quotes with standard terms start from just £5-a-month through Reassured.

Can you get life insurance if you’re obese?

Yes, life insurance for obese applicants is available with most insurers, but depending on your age and health, you’re more likely to pay a higher premium.

In some cases, insurers may require further information about your circumstances to help assess your application.

For example, insurers may want to know:

  • Your waist measurement (trouser or dress size)
  • Any recent surgery or treatment you’ve had
  • Medication you’re currently taking
  • Your family medical history

In rare cases, obese applicants may be required to undergo a medical exam, particularly if they have a pre-existing medical condition.

If you’re required to undergo a medical exam then this would be arranged at a time and date to suit you, and at the expense of the insurer.

Can you get life insurance if you’re morbidly obese?

Yes, life insurance for morbidly obese applicants is available, but you may find it more difficult to find a suitable policy.

As mentioned, some insurers have an upper BMI threshold of 45 (or 47 depending on your age); for others, it's just 40.

Other insurers will cover you if your BMI is between 38 - 45, but request that you undergo a medical exam.

If you’re considered morbidly obese and suffer from a pre-existing medical condition then you may struggle to secure cover.

In these instances, your application could be placed with a specialist insurer.

Alternatively, if you’re aged 50 - 85 then you may consider an over 50s plan.

You won’t need to disclose your weight when applying for an over 50s plan and you’re guaranteed to be accepted.

Life insurance for overweight applicants with pre-existing conditions

As previously mentioned, it’s unlikely that you’ll be declined life insurance purely due to your weight alone.

However, if additional health complications exist, whether this be as a result of your weight or not, you may find it more difficult to get accepted.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t still options available to you though.

At Reassured we've a dedicated impaired life insurance team who specialise in finding cover for those who’ve been declined elsewhere.

Our team have helped find cover for people who have previously been declined due to a pre-existing condition.

What if I’ve been refused life insurance due to a high BMI?

Fortunately, if you’ve been refused life insurance in the past due to a high BMI, it’s still possible to secure cover now.

This is because every insurer has different BMI thresholds and levels to which they will refuse life insurance.

Alternatively, if you’re aged 50 - 85 and suffer with a medical condition then you may consider an over 50s plan, as your health or weight won’t affect your eligibility.

Getting in touch with an FCA-regulated broker, such as Reassured, can help you to discover other options which may be available to you.

From our panel of insurers we can present to you the ones who’re most likely to accept your application.

Can you get critical illness cover if you’re overweight?

Yes, it’s possible to get critical illness cover (CIC) if you’re overweight.

CIC provides a cash pay out if you’re diagnosed with a serious but not life threatening illness such as cancer, heart attack or stroke.

It’s often compared to income protection insurance, as it can help to replace an income if you’re unable to work.

The funds can be used to help cover the following costs:

  • Mortgage or rent payments
  • Household bills
  • Private medical treatment
  • Day-to-day family living costs

Similar to life insurance, the cost of your monthly premium will depend on your specific BMI, age, smoking status and health.

If your BMI is over 30, then it’s more likely that you’ll pay inflated premiums, and some illnesses may be excluded from your cover.

If your BMI is over 40, then it may be harder to secure critical illness cover, but it’s still worth finding out your options.

Contact Reassured if you’d like to learn more about this type of policy and to compare quotes.

Alternatively, check out this comprehensive guide to critical illness cover »

Can you get income protection if you’re overweight?

Yes, you can get income protection if you’re overweight.

Like with critical illness cover, the success of your application and the cost of your premiums will depend on your specific BMI.

Income protection is a policy which provides monthly payments in the circumstance that you become too ill or injured to work.

The funds can be used to cover essential financial commitments such as mortgage repayments and bills.

For more information and to compare quotes, contact Reassured, or read this full income protection insurance guide »

Compare life insurance quotes for overweight individuals

Whilst it's possible to arrange life insurance cover if you're overweight, the cost can vary significantly between insurers.

Therefore, to ensure you receive the best deal available, it's recommended to compare multiple quotes.

At Reassured, our award-winning team can help you to find the best quotes from our panel of insurers, saving you time and money.

So, get in touch today and secure your loved one's financial future, whatever it may hold.

More information about life insurance for overweight and high BMI applicants

Am I overweight?

UK guidelines state that anyone with a BMI of 25 or over are considered overweight.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the most accurate measurement as those with high muscle density, such as bodybuilders, have a particularly high BMI.

As a result, this demographic would be considered overweight, even though their fat percentage is extremely low.

In the instance of a high muscle mass distorting your BMI reading, insurers may reward you with standard rates.

Does losing weight affect life insurance?

Yes, losing weight (if you’re classified as overweight, obese or morbidly obese) could affect your life insurance options.

Losing excess weight can help to lower your BMI and, as a result, can reduce the cost of the premium you’re offered when getting a quote.

This is because having low body fat correlates with good health and living a longer life, which reduces the risk you pose to insurers.

Lowering your BMI can also help to improve some health conditions which would typically affect the cost of your life insurance.

For example, if you suffer with high blood pressure or a more serious heart condition, then your premiums would be inflated further.

Being classified as underweight can also affect life insurance. A person with a BMI of under 18.5 would be charged a higher premium due to the health risks associated with being underweight.

Life insurance after weight loss

If you have an existing policy and you've recently lost a significant amount of weight, then you may consider arranging a new policy.

This is because you may be able to secure a lower monthly premium based on your new healthier weight - depending on your current age and health.

Reviewing your existing policy and sourcing quotes will allow you to determine whether getting a new policy will offer you a saving.

Life insurance after surgical weight loss

Surgical weight loss or rapid weight loss, however, could have the opposite effect.

Arranging life insurance immediately after surgical weight loss could result in abnormally high premiums or even being declined due to your recent major operation.

It's likely your application would be deferred until you've made a full recovery.

Rapid weight loss, on the other hand, can point to underlying serious medical conditions.

As a result, you're likely to experience significant loading of your premiums or possibly even being declined.

What if I lie about my weight?

When applying for life insurance, hiding key information about yourself from the insurer is called ‘non-disclosure’.

Any form of non-disclosure will invalidate your policy and a pay out won’t be made when you pass away.

It’s important to disclose your true weight to ensure that you’re getting the right protection and ensure your policy will pay out.

As discussed, it’s possible to obtain affordable life insurance even if you have a high BMI.

You may be able to secure a lower premium than you think.

Life insurance for overweight males and females

Whilst being overweight can affect your life insurance, being male or female won’t make a difference to your application.

In 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that gender can no longer be taken into account when calculating the cost of insurance premiums[2].




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