Thinking About the Hidden Cost of Obesity

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Here are the areas where an obese individual feels the pinch of the sad economy a little (or perhaps, a lot) more than those with healthier bodies.

  • Employment Problems – Well, those recruiters always list the qualifications or the experience as the prime requirement, but only someone who has actually been rejected for being over-weight can tell you how it hurts. They might not tell you that your weight is a problem but studies, and personal experience stories, all suggest that being overweight can be an impediment in acquiring a new job.
  • Increased Medical Expense – Obesity brings along many medical issues such as hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, etc. Along with the doctor’s fee and expenses related to medication, there are diagnostic tests, hospital visits, etc all of which eat into your savings. Also, morbid obesity may cause you to see several different doctors-an orthopaedic surgeon for joint issues, a cardiologist for heart problems, a gastroenterologist for digestive problems-in addition to your dietician. Also, morbid obesity may cause you to see several different doctors-an orthopaedic surgeon for joint issues, a cardiologist for heart problems, a gastroenterologist for digestive problems-in addition to your dietician.
    It is perhaps, a crime to not have medical insurance. Why else should one by punished so harsh.
  • Fitness Equipment/Gym Fees – It’s not that the lean get better discounts on these, but you have to agree that they have a choice. Who would not prefer to run for half-an-hour in the neighbourhood park each morning than buy a massive treadmill? But the obese are sometimes embarrassed to work-out in the public. Besides, buying fitness equipment gives you the flexibility to work-out when you want too-whether it is snowing outside or the sun has decided to teach us some lessons for not being kind to nature. Memberships of gyms, fitness clubs, can also weigh heavy on your pocket.
  • Difficult Food Choices – The more restricted you are in your eating, the more expensive it will likely be. Fresh fruit juice are priced higher than cola and a wholesome sandwich which packs good nutrients is likely to be costlier than the cheese-laden thing. Diet food, diet cola, etc. Unhealthy foods are come cheaper and are more easily available than the healthy ones and if you have to invest in everything that spells ‘DIET,’ I’m sure your pocket feels the burden. And if you fall in the trap of those diet pills, potions, or concoctions, your inflated budget may be hard to control.
  • Increased Personal Expenses – Moderate obesity may not affect your personal budget too much, but when you transcend that category, you will find your choices of jeans, jackets and dresses becoming smaller and your bills becoming bigger.

The annual medical costs of an obese individual are approximately $1500 higher than his fitter counterparts-the main reason behind these expenses being prescription drugs, says a report published in the online edition of Health Affairs.

The cost of obesity may be too much for some pockets to endure, but there is a way you can avoid these extra expenses–just start living healthy!



Source by Dr. Deepika Garg