We all know that obesity is a major public health problem in the United States, but do you know to what extent? Let’s take a look at just how big of a problem obesity has become and where this obesity epidemic is projected to go…
Currently over one third of the US population is considered obese (BMI of 30+) with about 6% considered severely obese (BMI of 40+). It has been projected that by the year 2030, 42% of Americans may be obese and 11% will be severely obese. While this is not exactly news, obesity can significantly increase your risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancers, and many other conditions. The obesity epidemic, along with those co-morbid conditions, will certainly only continue to increase in numbers without intervention. It is also predicted that if obesity rates rise as expected, it will cost the country $549.5 billion in weight-related medical expenditures between now and 2030. It has been estimated that obese men cost an additional $1,152 per year, while obese women cost an additional $3,613 per year.
While there are many means to improving lifestyle and losing weight, having bariatric surgery is one way you can work towards decreasing healthcare spending costs. It often lessens your need for medications, so this leads to less money spent out of your pocket and by your insurance company. It often leads to fewer sick days taken from work, so it saves your employer money. Weight loss also helps to prevent chronic diseases for which you would have to frequently visit your doctor or even a hospital for. By losing weight and leading a healthier life, you are not only saving money, but are likely also saving your life.
Do something today so you are not part of the obesity statistics tomorrow.