One of the reasons often mentioned for avoiding weight-loss surgery is the cost. But weight-loss surgery actually proves to be well worth its value considering the cost of other diseases that obesity brings on. If you’re considering bariatric surgery, but don't know whether you can afford it, take a look at some of the expenses an obese or severely obese person might encounter.
 

Cost of Obesity

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Food Expenditures

How much do you spend each month on food? The average person spends about $3,100 annually on groceries and dining out. A seriously overweight person spends nearly twice that -- about $6,100 annually on groceries and dining out.

I am spending about per month on groceries and dining out.

Prescriptions

What’s your monthly prescription cost? The average seriously overweight person spends roughly $700 annually on prescription co-pays, often to combat problems caused by obesity, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory and disorders.

I am spending about per month on prescription co-pays.

Out-of-Pocket Health Costs

What are your monthly out-of-pocket health costs? In addition to prescription co-pay costs, the average seriously overweight person spends about $2,500 annually on out-of-pocket medical and health care costs. These costs include:

  • Pain killers

  • Physical therapy

  • Doctor and specialist visits

  • Lab work

I am spending about per month on out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.

Alternative Weight-Loss Programs

How much are you spending each month on an alternative weight-loss program?   

  • Nutri-System®

  • Weight Watchers®

  • Jenny Craig®

  • Curves®

  • Lindora™

I am spending about per month on non-surgical weight loss programs.