What is the Costs of not Controlling Weight?

There was an old TV commercial from the early 1970’s for Fram oil filters that showed a mechanic holding an oil filter replacement and in the background, there was a car being towed away. The mechanic said: “You can pay me now or pay me later.” This was referring to the fact that paying a small amount for an oil filter now could save LOTS of $$$ from paying for a complete engine overhaul later.

On many occasions, I have had new patients come in for consultations about starting the SP Program that have numerous co-morbidities already of their obesity problem: Diabetes, hypertension, GERD, sleep apnea, chronic back pain and many others. The program seems quite appealing to them but when I bring them to Arunee to discuss costs and methods of financing the 12-week fee, the person will not start the program due to the “price”.

I COMPLETELY understand of course that money is VERY hard to earn, VERY hard to save and budgets are tight for most people. However, I cannot help myself from thinking about the tag line from that commercial: You can pay me (me, meaning money spent on preventative care) now, or pay LOTS more for me (me, meaning the medical system, i.e. pharmacies, doctors, hospitals, etc.) later.

The “cost” of multiple decades of obesity, when totaled up, including lost time at work, could easily be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions. The “cost” of preventative types of weight control programs such as SP, joining a gym, hiring a trainer etc can be measured in the thousands.

Changing the filter often could save your car. Controlling your weight could save your life.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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