Maybe the question should be the opposite?  How can you afford not to?  For yourself? Your family?
Yes, I have used personal trainers, and will continue to do so.  I was fortunate to be able to get a jump start by going to the weight loss center, The Structure House, in North Carolina, for two weeks.  But you can read about the Structure House program in their book.  You can walk with a friend /loved one.  You can do the exercises (no gym, no equipment required) in Dr. Roizen and Oz’s YOU books.Truth be told, obese people have higher medical expenses, more days absent from work, and more “presenteeism” (at work but not productive) than others.  Obese people also earn less money!  Why?  Maybe due to discrimination.  But another thing is true:   According to National Bureau of  Economic Research:

“The cash wages for obese workers are lower than those for non-obese workers because the cost to employers of providing health insurance for these workers is higher.”

Now that I have lost weight, I believe I am more energetic and productive… and my health care costs have fallen!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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