No one wakes up one morning 100 pounds heavier than the night before. It’s a gradual gain that usually goes unnoticed until you find yourself unable to fasten that button on your fat jeans. Many folks will argue that it’s too expensive to eat healthy and they can’t afford a gym membership. I’d like to counter that argument with a few statistics on the cost of procedures that are often obesity-related. You tell me what’s more costly…
Total hip replacement
Average cost: $51,594
Range: ($38,612 – $86,716)
Total knee replacement
Average cost: $46,679
Range: ($24,482 – $81,549)
Right Heart Catheterization
Procedure where a fine hollow tube (catheter) is inserted into an artery, usually through the groin area, passing it to the heart. It is used with x-ray images (angiography) to visualize the heart and blood vessels to diagnose and treat heart disease.
Average cost: $11,020
Range: ($10,024 – $12,296)
Left Heart Catheterization
Average cost: $11,384
Range: ($6,240 – $48,178)
The hospital I work for has an entire floor dedicated for patients going through rehab after a hip or knee replacement. I can confidently say that I have not yet seen one patient who wasn’t overweight or obese. There are a few common factors I’ve identified when assessing these patients’ lifestyles:
1. The diet is lacking the nutrients the body needs to promote bone and heart health. The diet contains a high sodium and fat content since the majority of the food consumed is processed.
2. Exercise is non-existent other than walking from the parking lot to work. Exercise helps to lower blood pressure & cholesterol and promotes bone strength from weight-bearing exercise. The excuse is that they’re too busy or it hurts their knees/hips to workout.
3. Habitual routines involve food. Some eat out of boredom. Some eat when the TV is on. Some eat while on the computer…
Sure, a gym membership can be costly depending on the location and type of gym, but there are endless options for exercise without a gym. Sure, it’s easier to swing by the drive through than slave in the kitchen, but there are many online resources that offer quick, easy, cheap, and healthy recipes. For every excuse you come up with, I will respond “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Can you think of one or two things you could start planning ahead to make sure your health stays a high priority? It could be looking at your schedule a week ahead and writing in workout times. You are more likely to follow through if it’s scheduled into your routine. Maybe you could start by taking a half hour each weekend to make a grocery list and a rough meal plan to avoid spontaneous visits to the drive through. Could you shave a little money here and there to put toward your grocery budget? Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive, but your health is something that’s highly worth investing. Now, would you like fries with that $50,000 hip?
How does the value of your health affect your spending?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.