The Price of Obesity

Think it costs money to lose weight? It costs money not to!

Obesity is a lot more expensive than you might think, and it manifests itself in more places than just medical bills, according to this CNBC article. The Department of Health Policy at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services estimates that obesity’s annual health and work-related costs amount to $4,789 for a woman and $2,646 for a man, when compared to their normal-sized counterparts. That’s a lot of money every year!

The obese suffer discrimination in the workplace, earn lower wages than healthy people, and make health insurance more expensive for businesses. On top of this, approximately 40 million workdays are lost every year to obesity.

And it’s not just work that’s expensive. Travel costs are going up for the obese, now that many airlines require them to purchase an extra seat. Even death costs more, especially if a larger coffin is required. Even after you are dead, obesity can cost your loved ones an additional $2500.

The moral of the story? Spend a little time and money now to get healthy and save yourself a ton in the future.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See 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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