What If Your Patients Learned That
Losing Weight Could SAVE Them Money
… Not “Cost Them Money?
It’s probably no surprise to anyone reading this blog that one of the most common questions we get from patients considering our science based, doctor supervised program is “How much does this program cost?”. Oftentimes, this comes even before a person is able to gather enough information to fully understand what our program actually entails.
Of course, it’s a fair and understandable question. Everyone should be on a budget and be conscious about what they spend their money on. In many cases, however, we believe that the person is asking the wrong question.
What if people started asking “How much money could I SAVE if I lost weight in a healthy and sustainable manner?”
Research (yes, scientific research!) shows that being overweight or obese is very costly and making a change is a lifestyle factor that can literally help SAVE YOUR PATIENTS MONEY in the long run and change their financial future. Curious about what we are referring to?
We recently came across an article entitled:
Why Losing Weight at Any Age Can Save You Up to $30,000
You can get healthier and fund your retirement at the same time.
So, you’re probably asking if this is real. The answer is YES! That is an actual title from an article on NBC News.com. Check out that subtitle. Now THAT should get people’s attention!
The results from research done at Johns Hopkins University were shared by both NBC News and Newsweek back in 2017 (see source links below). The articles both quote Dr. Bruce Y. Lee, executive director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center at the Bloomberg School at Johns Hopkins. We have shared a few excerpts from the NBC News article below.
- Say you’re 40 years old and have obesity (a BMI of 30.0 or higher). If you drop enough pounds to then qualify as overweight (a BMI of 25.0 to under 30) you stand to save an average of $18,262. If you get down to what is medically classified as a normal weight (a BMI ranging between 18.5 to under 25), you could save nearly twice as much: $31,447. While your savings values peak at the age of 50 (amounting to as much as $36,278), the study found that losing weight at any age, even beyond 80 years old can save you money.
- “There are really two types of costs here: one is directly medical, so everything from doctor visits, medicines, hospitalizations and so on,” says Dr. Lee. “But on the other side of the coin are the productivity losses: lost salary from missing work because of clinic visits, hospitalization, decreased productivity, or just not feeling well. Then [tie in] the potential cut in life expectancy. What would all that look like in today’s dollars?”
Wait! Here’s one more important – and alarming statement:
- This study only considered the primary medical conditions associated with obesity — the real costs are probably higher … “We deliberately tried to be conservative, excluding the costs associated with other conditions tied to obesity such as arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, sleep apnea, stress, depression and so on. So, the actual costs are probably much more than this.”
Wow! The REAL costs are probably even higher than the $30,000 referenced in the article’s title!
The whole point of sharing these snippets of this research is to encourage you to challenge your patients to ask a different set of questions when it comes to their health and wellness. Sometimes, in order to get a better answer or solution to a problem they are experiencing, they must simply ask better questions. We find this to be the case with many people when it comes to their weight loss.
We’ve all heard this ol’ saying:
“You can’t put a price tag on your health”
Well, now that scientific researchers have figured out how to tally up some real costs, your patients pretty much CAN put a price tag on their health (at least when it comes to the price tag of obesity).
Please give this some thought. If you claim to be a “wellness provider” yet do not have a quality, science-based weight loss program in place, it is time. Your patients’ health, wellness and (as shown here) financial well-being is on the line!
We are not financial advisors. We are wellness providers! But according to this article, we can sure help many people fund their retirement as we help them lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle!