Those that are considering bariatrics are often motivated by the capacity that surgery has to reduce the impact of their co-morbidities on their daily life. In addition to reducing the economic burdens of health care, bariatric surgery vastly improves the quality of life for patients. Check out this helpful infographic, which explains the economic impact obesity has on healthcare costs, and illustrates the positive impact bariatric surgery can have on the quality of life for patients.
Obesity rates have risen dramatically in the United States since 1960, with 70% of Americans classified as overweight these days, and more than 33% of Americans suffering from obesity, which is classified as having a BMI greater than 30. With the rise of the obesity epidemic, healthcare has adjusted accordingly, with annual national costs for obesity or obesity-related illnesses clocking in between $147 billion and $210 billion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, insurance companies are therefore increasing their premiums for obese patients by more than 42% for their services (and morbidly obese patients by more than 81%). Employers also feel the financial burden, and are therefore less inclined to hire obese employees because of these additional insurance costs. Additionally, obese employees account for $4.3 billion of lost profit each year due to personal health-related absences in the work place.
If you are struggling with obesity, suffer with co-morbidities, and have a BMI greater than 35, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. Read more about the “Benefits of Bariatrics” and discuss the possibility of bariatric surgery with your doctor. Bariatric surgery can radically improve the quality of life for those with morbid obesity.