The Personal Cost of Obesity

Weight loss can change your life. Losing dangerous excess weight with the LAP-BAND® System can significantly improve your health and enhance your psychological and social well-being—not to mention your overall quality of life. You may also find that dramatic weight loss can significantly reduce weight-related costs, which on average can be more than $18,000 CDN a year per person! What better investment than in yourself and your future?

Weight-Related Expenses Estimated Annual Costs Medical/drug costs (BMI>35) 1 $7158 Employment inactivity costs 2 $1080 Commercial weight-loss program fees 3 $720 Prescription co-pays (5 meds, $10 each) $720 Grocery and dining costs 4 $6385 Total $16,063 Health Management Research Center, University of Michigan, 2001.
Colditz, GA. Economic costs of obesity and inactivity. Med Science Sports Exercise, 1999.
Marketdata Enterprises, Inc., October 2002.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditures, 2001.

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