A new study published by The Obesity Society finds that being overweight can lead to financial costs. This is largely due to the need for more medical costs and loss of productivity caused by obesity.
The research suggests that a 20-year-old who goes from being obese (BMI of 30 or higher) to overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9) would save an average of $17,655 in direct medical costs and productivity losses over his or her lifetime. If that same person were to go from obese to a healthy weight, which is considered a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9, their average savings would jump to $28,020.
The study also finds that after the age of 50, the largest cost savings occurs when an individual jumped from the obese category to normal weight as opposed to moving down to the overweight category. This finding is important because it emphasizes the significance of weight loss as people age since the 50 and older population accounts for more than 60 percent of incremental social costs, which include higher taxes to support government insurance, higher copays, and other out of pocket expenses.
If your patients are suffering from obesity, you may want to talk to them about how the ReShape® weight loss program can help them invest in a successful weight loss program that can help return net cost savings in the future. With ReShape, patients receive a weight loss balloon non-gastric balloon that has a higher filling capacity than any single intragastric balloon to help them feel full and less hungry. But the weight loss balloon is just the beginning. Patients will also receive the tools that emphasize good nutrition, fitness, education, and permanent lifestyle changes to help them keep the weight off for good.
ReShape has helped patients lose up to 81 pounds* in six months and has taught them how to adopt healthy lifestyle changes they can sustain for years. If you find patients objecting to the price of the ReShape weight loss program, try presenting the quality of life and health benefits of weight loss, which are much lower in cost over time, compared to the cost of the procedure. In addition, presenting the significant likelihood of eliminating some medication costs and side effects is helpful, as well as the financial and health benefits of weight loss over time. Remind them that what you’re offering is not just a device, it’s a lifestyle management program with all the components included for successful weight loss.
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*Results and patient experience may vary.