This is the REAL Cost of Obesity
- Possible Pat
- January 6, 2018
Think it is too expensive to eat healthy? I beg to differ.
The one thing I hear over and over again is that eating healthy is expensive and that people can’t afford to lose weight because processed food is cheaper. The reality is, you can’t afford not to lose weight.
Before I began to lose weight, I was at 605 lbs, and I was already pre-diabetic. Chances are, if you are dealing with obesity like I was, you are either pre-diabetic or already battling diabetes. This was one of the factors that scared me enough to do something about my weight and start eating healthy.
At first, I thought was switching to a healthier lifestyle was going to cost me more money, but as I began to look into the road I was headed down, I realized I couldn’t afford to not make the change. As I began to research what being diabetic would entail, I began to see just how expensive it really was.
The Cost of Diabetes
In 2012 it was reported that those in the US that were diabetic and prediabetic were spending a collective total of 245 Billion dollars a year, a sum total that is almost unbelievable. People with diabetes, on average, have greater health care costs overall than those without diabetes. On average a person living with diabetes will spend about $13,700 more a year on healthcare costs than someone living without diabetes. $7,900 of that is directly attributed to diabetes, such as medical supplies and medication .
Broken down, this means I would be spending about $1,141 on medical costs every month. When I began to look at it this way, there was no excuse for not eating healthy. Buying healthy food suddenly became a lot cheaper, and I realized I could no longer afford to drive through and grab fast food and all those dollar menus out there quickly began to look a lot more expensive.
Once I started to buy healthy food and learned how to meal prep, I began to realize eating healthy really wasn’t that expensive, especially as I began to lose weight and need less food.
Now that I have lost the weight, and I look back to what I was eating, and how much I was eating, I realize that today I spend a lot less on food than I did five years ago, especially now that I am eating nothing but whole foods. This means I only eat food that is real and hasn’t been processed, so it doesn’t contain artificial ingredients.
The Health Cost of Diabetes
Money isn’t the only cost of diabetes, as the disease can lead to eye problems (including blindness, glaucoma, and retinopathy), amputation of limbs (toes, feet, and legs), stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage, each of these complications results in health costs of their own.
Learning all of this information made me realize that I had a long road ahead of me if I didn’t make a change. It wasn’t too late, and this wasn’t a road I didn’t want to go down… I wouldn’t go down it.
Becoming diabetic due to my obesity greatly increased my risk of all of these health complications and I didn’t want my kids to have to grow up watching me battle any of them.
Diabetes isn’t the only health complication that arises from being obese, but it is often the first one we know about and one that will be dealt with on daily basis, as I would need to keep track of insulin levels, managing those levels through medication, and any of the health complications I noted above.
What Can You Do To Avoid Diabetes and Save Costs?
If you want to avoid the associated health and financial costs of obesity, then you need to make a change. You need to change the way you think about food, your relationship with it, and the foods you are eating.
When you start, I always recommend beginning by throwing out all the processed food in your house and start by developing new habits, such as I lay out in my step-by-step guide, How to Lose Weight 101.
You can also start by getting a support group to help hold you accountable as you make your way through your weight loss journey.
Losing weight is harder than it sounds, I know because I have been there. I know the struggles of losing the weight, and I know the baggage that comes with carrying that weight around for so long. Being overweight isn’t just about being unhealthy, and there are a lot of emotional issues that go along with it.
Because I have been where you are, I want to help you lose the weight and be there to support you, so I am holding a challenge where I will be there to help coach you and support you as you commit to yourself and make the change.
When you join my Best Me Challenge, you will take a journey with me over the course of three months. You will get a meal plan to follow, all of my weight loss guides, access to a personal nutritionist, and access to a Private Facebook Group where you will have the support of an entire community going through the same journey as you. Plus, I will be holding weekly Live sessions in this group so you can chat with me, ask me questions, and I can provide you with coaching.
Being overweight can be incredibly lonely, but I want you to know that you are not alone and you don’t have to face this alone. All those struggles you face every day are the same struggles that I faced, and they are the same struggles that my community faces, so we need to be there to support one another.
Think of the challenge as an investment, one that will save you thousands of dollars.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.