The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Blog: How Much Is It Worth It?
Most of us always like to evaluate the cost of something and analyze the value we received to make the assessment “Is it worth it?” Often, I perform consultations on new perspective patients, and a frequent finish to this consult is the patient telling me that he/she need to go home, discuss this with the spouse and see if they can afford it. This would imply an assessment of the cost of the program vs. the utility of the weight loss and then coming up with the “Is it worth it?” conclusion. How does one compute the value of weight loss? Well, I do know a study came out 2 years ago from GWU that showed obese women spend $4,895 dollars more a year than a non-obese woman. Four factors were included: cost of medications, time lost at work, less wages at work because of an inherent workplace bias against obese people for raises/promotions and the cost of gas for a car goes up. I know we all hate to think about these horrible situations, but the “what if” scenario as this applies to a catastrophic illness such as a stroke of severe heart attack…how much lost time at work may occur and therefore lost wages? For many of my patients, this would total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions lost. Your successful weight loss efforts will pay amazing dividends from a financial standpoint. With interest rates being so low, you could not park your money in any better investment than your own health. Whether it be the SP program, a personal trainer, a gym membership etc,. it is WELL “worth it”.