Is budget a barrier to a healthy lifestyle?  Do you think it costs an extreme amount of money to exercise?  Is it tough to buy organic produce, meat, fish or poultry?  Does it not interest you to read labels to ensure you and your family are receiving the proper nutrition and not consuming dangerous GMOs? Does the dollar menu or packaged processed food consisting of GMOs, and Franken food sound appealing? Have the excuses buried you at this point and does it sound ridiculous?  Because it is!  There is a false concept that exercise has to cost money, and that eating healthier has to be more expensive.  Not TRUE.  It’s the exact opposite.

When your weight falls outside of healthy limits, the health risks start to add up to real financial costs. Let’s take a look at how life insurance costs more for an overweight individual. That’s because insurance companies know that the risk of death from any disease is greater for the overweight and obese. So your premium will be higher and your rating – low.  I love to help people that need a higher rating, because my program can achieve this in a short amount of time.  I work with insurance agents all the time on this matter.  A person can choose not to buy life insurance to think he/she is saving money. But it’s harder to avoid paying for health care, a cost that is substantially higher among the overweight and obese. According to an article in Health Affairs, obese people pay an average of $1,429 (42 percent) more on health care than normal-weight individuals. The price difference becomes even higher as people age, and their risk for disease and death increases. This price difference makes sense considering the large number of health problems related to weight. Some of the problems, like back and joint pain, may send individuals to more frequent doctor visits, with each of those visits tallying up a co-pay or even with unnecessary surgeries involved. Other conditions, like high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, may require prescriptions that take a huge bite out of the monthly budget.  All of this can be avoided.

On top of the higher costs, it seems the overweight earn less on the job. According to a study in the British Medical Journal, the healthier people are, the more money they tend to make. There could be many reasons for this. One possibility is that healthy people have to take fewer sick days and they are able to focus at work. They are more motivated and energetic, equaling productivity.  The Movers and Shakers as I call it in the industry.  The other possibility is that our society tends to discriminate against the overweight and people with medical conditions. Even though it is illegal, it is done behind closed doors, all the time.  The healthier applicant will get that job over the obese individual.  Whatever the causes behind the reality, weight is actually one of the few health factors over which we have a large amount of control. In other words, you have no control over whether or not you inherited a genetic tendency toward a serious disease, but you can lessen the effects it has.  You do, however, have complete control over weight, proper nutrition and adequate exercise.

As a society, these medical costs add up on a grand scale, especially considering that fat has become the new normal, with two-thirds of the adult U.S. population above guidelines for a healthy weight.  People are satisfied with this result due to the convenience society that we live in.  Go to the drive-thru and eat a heart attack sandwich with a side of fries and a coke that cause kidney stones – why not right?  I have been told by many people, who live and have lived in countries outside the US and they all say the same common denominator… The US has moved away from organic farming with produce and animals. Everything is processed and nothing comes from the earth and land like it did before. It’s packaged up and ready for you in an instant along with that other nail to add to your coffin.  Also, 80% of the garlic in America comes from China along with other types of produce.  Do you think the “cheap food” from those regions follow the health regulations that we do?

A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated the cost of being overweight in health care expenses in America to be $93 billion dollars annually. That’s close to 10 percent of all health care costs in the U.S.  This is just the medical expenses. The CDC’s figure does not calculate the cost to the economy of all the sick days people have to take to deal with weight-related health issues. Remember, those are also government workers – our tax paying dollars hard at work, not just the private sector of employees.  Imagine how much more productive people could be if they didn’t suffer from weight-related health issues, and how many doctors, naturopaths, supplement and pharmaceutical companies would have time to focus their efforts on other medical concerns like a cure for cancer.

colorado-healthy-eating-coachLook at it this way, it costs more to feed a body or a family of more than two, 3,000-4,000 calories a day, per person than it does 1,400-2,000 calories a day, per person. Gym memberships can get expensive, especially if you don’t use them. That’s what the gyms count on.  So, if you want to get a gym membership, go see my friend Don Carpenter at Select Fitness in Colorado or come and see me in my basement for classes.  We don’t charge for memberships, but per class.  Buying organic produce can be more, but remember what it will give your body in comparison to cheap GMOs laden with pesticides that cause laboratory animals to grow tumors and hair in their mouth.  Walking, riding a bike or a skateboard is free. Riding your bike costs nothing in gas money. Checking out an exercise DVD from the library takes a trip down the street.  Investing in an at home exercise program is a wise return on your investment, as it lasts forever and you get hours of activity conveniently located in your home.  This is perfect for parents with young children, who can’t go to a gym.  Free weights are also very inexpensive as you only need a few to accomplish the necessary reps.  Many healthy foods are extremely inexpensive and have sustained poor people for thousands of years like whole grains, organic corn, legumes, fresh fruits and veggies that can be grown anywhere or purchased at open markets or in places like Sprouts.  Buying my products, to implement in your daily nutrition routine is essentially $22/per day, the cost of a lunch at a meeting and that can feed you all day long (breakfast, two snacks, lunch and dinner).  All of this is easy, if you put your mind to it.  Keeping your budget and your weight on track, works hand in hand.  It’s an investment for your future with your job, family and well-being.

Happy Eating and Exercising!

References: Professor Dunn

CDC

British Medical Journal

Health Affairs