Cost of Gaining Weight

Sometimes I get clients asking me how much it costs to lose weight. Sometimes they say they can’t spare the extra money to lose weight.

Have you ever thought about how much it cost to become overweight?
The additional food (portion sizes), the bags of crisps, the snacks from the bakery, the eat out meals like mcDonalds and Fish & Chips. The peanuts, the chocolate, the fizzy drinks, the energy drinks, the pies and sausage rolls. Add to that the processed food, the pre-prepared meals that are so convenient.
Not only are the processed pre-packaged, pre-prepared meals quick and easy – they are expensive. The cost of these really adds up if you compared it to making the dish yourself. To make things worse though – these meals are high in sugar, salt and fat.

A McDonalds Quarter Pounder and large fries will most likely only set you back $6 but add to that a fizzy drink and you’ve got nearly 1000 calories and 50g fat. Do you feel really satisfied after that meal or do you feel hungry an hour later?
1000 calories and 50g fat – may not mean anything to you but if you are female and weigh less than 100kg then 1200 calories a day is all you should be eating to lose weight, and you should eat no more than 30g fat per day. So you’ve just blown your fat ration for the day and you have 200 calories left for the rest of the day. I’m not even going to mention how much cholesterol that meal contains.

The long term costs are even higher than the day to day costs of being overweight. Carrying excess weight in directly connected to over 20 diseases and conditions.

  • Excess facial hair – in an interview with a qualified Beauty Therapist, she reported that 90% of the clients she treated for laser facial hair removal were overweight by 20 or more kilos. They presented with areas of hair on their face and under the chin.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which can cause heavy or irregular periods is more common in women who are overweight. Losing even 5-10% of your body weight can help.
  • Cancer has many different forms and types and many of them could be prevented with more attention to eating healthy and avoiding obesity.
  • Enlarged Heart is a heart condition where the muscle of the heart becomes larger from being overworked which naturally happens if you are overweight.
  • Pulmonary Embolism is a sometimes fatal blockage of an artery. Being overweight causes most people to reduce activity, and extended lack of very little activity can result in an embolism.
  • Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease or commonly known as Indegestion is when the stomach acid and juices flow from the stomach back up into the esophagus. As you know – its not nice! It is common in overweight people.
  • Fatty Liver Disease is a reversible condition where large pockets of fat accumulate in liver cells. Fatty liver can be considered a single disease that occurs worldwide in those with excessive alcohol intake and those who are obese.
  • Hernia is caused when the hole in the diaphragm weakens and enlarges. Being overweight puts extra pressure on all of your body organs, joints and systems.
  • Erectile Dysfunction – no need to explain what this means! But did you know it can be caused by a medical problem due to obesity.
  • Urinary Incontinence is the inability to control when you urinate and is frequently associated with obesity, weak bladder and pelvic floor muscles
  • Chronic Renal Failure is when your kidneys fail and it is a much greater risk to those that are overweight or obese.
  • Lymph edema is a condition that occurs from a damaged or dysfunctional lymphatic system sometimes caused by people who are overweight when the body fat actually crushes the lymphatics.
  • Cellulitis is clinically a spreading infection involving both the dermis and subcutaneous tissues due poor lymph flow caused by obesity.
  • Pickwickian Syndrome is caused by sleep apnea due to excess weight placing an excessive load on the pulmonary system.
  • Depression is greatly enhanced for someone that has a weight problem. Self esteem is lower, even if they say they are happy being overweight – deep down they would offer to be slimmer and more self confident.
  • Osteoarthritis is a clinical syndrome in which low-grade inflammation results in pain in the joints, caused by abnormal wearing of the cartilage due to obesity.
  • Gout occurs when uric acid accumulates in the blood. Nerve endings then become irritated causing extreme pain made worse by the body carrying extra weight.
  • Gallbladder Disease commonly affects overweight people as a result of high blood cholesterol levels and causes gall stones.
Phew – a bit scary isn’t it?
The medication required, the doctors bills, the hospital treatments or operations will cost way more than the what it will cost you to lose that weight.
The costs of being overweight (not counting the cost of becoming overweight) are huge – but the cost on your health and comfort on a day to day basis is far higher. You want to be around for a lot longer – without any of the illnesses and diseases above – so invest in your health and lose that weight.
I know you can. I know you care enough about yourself to put your health and self confidence first.
I can help you if you need help

The cost of a Formula 1 Shake Meal mixed with low fat milk into a smoothie – with a banana costs $3.50 and is 280 calories. And it’s high in fibre, low in fat. Two of those a day and you’ll be shopping for smaller clothes, feeling healthier than you have for a long time. And you’ll be saving money.

Posted by Vicki Kenny on Thursday 13 December 2012
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