The True Cost of Obesity - Why Weight Loss is the Cheapest Health Insurance

Author: Dr. Gary Huber, DO

Date: Oct, 2015

We often hear news reports discussing obesity in this nation and the financial burden it creates along with the health care crisis involved. But that message is not personal enough to impact most of us. We need to feel and appreciate how it impacts our own lives individually to begin to see the urge

We often hear news reports discussing obesity in this nation and the financial burden it creates along with the health care crisis involved. But that message is not personal enough to impact most of us. We need to feel and appreciate how it impacts our own lives individually to begin to see the urgency of this issue.

Weight gain and the inherent cost associated with it represents an enormous financial burden for each individual that struggles with it. But weight gain is not often recognized as a “disease” and the cost it incurs is not always realized or appreciated as a financial burden related to the weight itself. The actual cost of obesity and weight gain in this country is $117 billion dollars annually in medical expenses and lost productivity. If you are overweight then that money is trickling out of your pocket right now, on a daily basis, whether you recognize it or not. Presently in America, 70% of our population is experiencing either excess weight or true obesity. If your body mass index is over 30 then you are obese and the damage it is causing you every day is costing you money and eroding the quality of your life.

 

The true cost of disease:

  • A type 2 diabetic will spend on average, $10,000 to $12,000 dollars annually on medication, doctor’s visits, time missed from work and other expenses related to their diagnosis.
  • Having a heart attack may cost you upwards of $30,000 real dollars.
  • Angioplasty to address blocked coronary heart vessels will typically run around $110,000. Insurance coverage varies but it is not unusual for direct patient billing to exceed $30,000 of actual expense coming out of your actual pocket.
  • Some estimates that include all of the potential expenses and loss from a heart attack include lost wages to the family from premature death, drop in work productivity, reduction in quality of life – place the cost near 1 million dollars in financial alteration.
  • If you are obese with a BMI over 30 then your have a 70% risk of having a heart attack, heart disease, congestive heart failure and stroke.
  • If you experience a heart attack then average life expectancy after a heart attack is just over 5 years. Why not stop the heart attack before it ever occurs? You can.
  • Many patients find themselves spending anywhere from $100 to $900 per month for medication to control blood pressure and cholesterol that rises related to their weight gain. This can total $1,000 to $10,000 annually, each and every year with no end in sight. These medications are not addressing the cause of their disease nor reversing its progression. The medication is simply to manage the “symptoms” of the disease and do little to improve quality of life.
  • These medications are also contributing to nutrient depletions leading to side effects that erode quality of life and lead to more prescriptions.
  • We cannot overlook nor can we begin to estimate the cost of lost life. Years spent feeling uncomfortable, unfulfilled, unsatisfied and under productive.

Obesity and the state of being overweight leads to increase risk for 35 other diseases including hypertension, diabetes, heart attacks and two of the most feared of all entities – cancer and Alzheimer’s. These diseases are costing you money either presently or in the very near future as your symptoms evolve. You may not feel the sting but the disease is present and growing with each passing day as fat cells send out dangerous inflammatory signals that slowly clog arteries, erode brain cells and cognitive function, feed cancer cells that are currently growing into a full blown tumor and choke vascular supply to all of your vital organs.

60% of America suffers from undetected food allergies that frequently contribute to weight gain. Food allergies often lead to a craving for a specific food and adverse eating patterns that perpetuate weight gain.

The “Dinosaur Complex” states that the bigger the belly the smaller the brain. Big body and small brain leads to extinction. Clinical human studies have proven that extra belly fat leads to inflammatory chemicals in your body that reduce the size and the function of your brain. This leads to eroding cognitive function and greater risk for Alzheimer’s.

Stress and poor sleep patterns cause weight gain, which further contributes to increasing stress and worsening sleep patterns. It is a downward spiral with an unhappy ending.

The state of being over weight creates greater risk for insulin resistance and runs parallel with your risk for becoming diabetic. I would dare to say that all overweight individuals are only capable of moving in two directions: either loss of weight and return to normal function through lifestyle and dietary changes, or the converse which is continued weight gain and certainty of becoming diabetic in the very near future. And let me state clearly that most people can reverse their insulin resistance without drugs or surgery and return to normal function if you address your lifestyle habits.

If you have come to the conclusion that you can’t afford not to invest in your health for a better and cheaper long term health solution, then a better question to ask might be, “How to I address this issue now, be assured a great result, and have the confidence of knowing that I can control it forever?”

You just described the purpose and destiny of the Huber Personalized Weight Loss Program and our Virtuoso Curriculum. Would you agree that a college education greatly improves your odds of financial success and would likely improve the quality of your life? Likely yes. But how do you justify spending $20,000 to $50,000 per year for a college education? I think most would agree that a college education is money well spent as it represents an accomplishment that you will have for the rest of your life and a mastery of material that you use to improve the quality of your life. Your education pays dividends forever. The Virtuoso Curriculum is no different. It is a Masters course in understanding your own body physiology as it relates to weight management and long term health. A hand held, gradually progressive, personally customized plan to take you from total darkness to full control over your body’s daily function. You will learn how to survive in our present day “fast food”, overly committed scheduled world with confidence and success in the area of personal health.

The Huber Personalized Weight Loss Program and our Virtuoso Curriculum guarantees weight loss like no other program anywhere in the country. Studies have proven that weight loss of 10% of total body mass result in significant change to cardiovascular parameters and improve health markers to reverse hypertension, diabetes, and other degenerative disease conditions. Our weight loss program accomplishes the goal of 10% weight loss or more in 99% of its patients in less than 12 weeks. In some cases this occurs in the first 4 weeks.

The patient receives:

  • Full medical evaluation by Dr. Huber
  • EKG and blood labs if needed to evaluate metabolic risk factors
  • Appetite suppressants as needed
  • Supplemental support of nutrients that facilitate health and weight loss
  • Weekly visits to ensure compliance as well as help mold behaviors and provide motivation
  • Weekly recipes and educational pieces on diet and lifestyle
  • Weekly injections of nutrients that aid liver metabolism, fat burning and support good insulin control to reverse insulin resistance
  • 24 hour phone access to answer questions or offer support

We recently engaged 10 firemen who needed to lose weight in order to maintain their job performance. They produced the following results:

 

  • Average weight loss per person = 49.1 pounds
  • Average 4 week loss = 18
  • Average 12 week weight loss = 40.5
  • Total weight loss for the group was 491.6 pounds

Another client lost 49 pounds in 10 weeks and when he added up the money saved by his newfound health he was saving more than $3,300 per year – every year from this day forward. That included money not spent on drugs that he no longer needed, $912/year not spent on Coka Cola (that's only $2.50 per day), fewer doctor appointments and this doesn't begin to account for the savings in medical procedures and cost that he would have incurred given his prior unhealthy state.

This is the program chosen by the professionals when weight loss is not “optional” . . . it is required. We produce weight loss that lasts.