Economics and Weight Loss

We have been hearing at every turn that obesity across America is hitting epidemic proportions and that the insurgency of fast food restaurants over the past two decades has a lot to do with it. Now it’s time to get this behemoth moving in the other direction. Weight loss cost money and takes time, energy and commitment. Making changes in behavior and lifestyle will help keep the weight off once a goal weight is reached.

Often times, the question of costs comes up as every weight loss program seems to have a price tag attached to it. The reality however, is that committed weight loss patients often give up a lot of the fast food behaviors that led to their overweight condition in the first place. Many fast food patrons are used to picking up food or coffee at least once a day and some will indulge as many as three times a day. If one cares to do the math, it can easily be seen that a $70 to $80 per week habit is reality for many.

How much did that weight loss program cost? Chances are, the program which has an initial charge of $300 to $500 followed by smaller weekly charges of $60 to $90 for a few months will be less than the cost of the 52 week habit. The real financial benefit comes into play when one considers the health cost avoidance people will enjoy when they get older. Not having to deal with the cost of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, overweight or thyroid conditions later in life is a savings that will be even more significant .