January 16, 2015
As if there was
another reason you needed to lose weight other than improved health, a
recent study showed how much damage obesity can do to your wallet.
Researchers at the University of Illinois sought out to see how much
health care cost differs between people that are obese and smokers
compared to people that are not.
What they found is
that smokers and obese patients pay as much as $1,300 more in annual
healthcare expenses than their non-smoking and non-obese counterparts.
Where does the
additional cost come from? “Out-of-pocket medical expenses, inpatient
and outpatient care, emergency room visits and prescription drugs all
contribute to the added health care expenditures, with inpatient
prescriptions contributing the most,” says Ruopeng An, professor of
kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois, as well
as the conductor of this study.
As we have
mentioned before, obesity comes with other ailments. The unfortunate
reality is when those ailments need to be treated, in ways such as
doctor visits and prescribed medication; it cost money, not only in the
short-term, but in the long term as well.
When you look at
your $30 a month gym fee or how much you spend on produce, it pales in
comparison to what the potential and realistic rising cost your
healthcare may take continuing down a less healthy road. Maybe we should
treat obesity as those expensive shoes or clothes we at times need to
pry ourselves away from and just say “I can’t afford it.”
Source: University of Illinois