Making the decision to invest in bariatric surgery is a serious one. Especially in these challenging economic times, spending any amount of money could seem frivolous, irresponsible or even impossible.
There’s no question that the cost is significant. However, we’d encourage you to think differently about the decision.
What does it cost you not to make the choice?
In the financial world, there’s a term “ROI,” or “Return On Investment,” that describes what an investor might get back for the amount of money spent on a venture.
When we make the decision to pay for college, it’s an investment in our career prospects. When we put a down payment on a house, it’s an investment in our environment and security. When we set aside money for retirement, it’s an investment in our future.
But what about the foundation of who we are? Without health, all of those things could quickly become irrelevant.
Obesity is expensive: It costs on average $9,434 per year for out-of-pocket from failed diets, lost wages, medicine and doctor visits. It’s also the second leading cause of preventable death.
We can take out a mortgage on a home. But what about our body, the physical self that houses who we are and how we live? Health and well-being are worth the investment. The ROI? Life.
Making some budgetary changes could make more money available than you might realize. How much money do we spend on things that immediately disappear? For example, just eliminating a daily cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop can save $1,000 or more per year.
And by becoming healthier, you could increase your career prospects. Interviewers make snap judgments with first impressions. By investing in losing weight, you will gain confidence and boost the chances of getting hired, as well as increase your earning potential. You’ll also have more stamina and ability to work better and longer, increasing your chances of promotion and even higher wages.
Talk to Team:Bariatrics about what options are available for financing a healthy decision.
If you need some inspiration, listen to some success stories or join us on Facebook. Each person believed in the investment in themselves – that their lives were invaluable. And the return on their investment was priceless.
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