If you think that your waistline and your wallet have no connection, it’s time for you to think things over again. You see, there’s a lot more to life than just your finances. Your overall health and state of mind do play a role as well. It’s tempting to just assume that you’re not going to have anything to worry about, but in this case…ignorance really isn’t bliss. So there are some pretty big financial reasons to lose weight.
First and foremost, it’s costing you in terms of insurance. Since excess weight is a key marker in several life-shortening diseases, you shouldn’t be surprised to find many insurance companies want to charge you more for access to a policy — that is, if they approve you at all. Insurance companies may find that you simply weigh too much for them to extend you a policy at all. If they do extend a policy, it may have a long period. It doesn’t matter if it’s for life insurance or health insurance, your weight definitely matters. Make sure that you are getting checked out by your doctor at least once a year. If you have health problems, then you will obviously want to make sure that you talk to your doctor more than just once a year!
Keeping your diet and fitness program at the top of your mind is a great way to eventually work your way to better health. A lot of people don’t really think about this, but the truth is that health is something that affects everything that we do. You are losing earning power if you are constantly sick all the time. Even if your employer understands, you can’t assume that you’re going to be considered for raises and promotions when you’re not performing at the same standard as everyone else.
If you are extremely large, you’re going to have to end up buying a second seat on an airplane — which is not only embarrassing, but very costly. So you have to step back and realize that the financial implications of being overweight are actually quite high. This means that you need to decide right here and right now to make changes that can put you back on the road to good health.
We’re not trying to pick on you. We’re not trying to make you feel bad. Many of our own family members are overweight, and the costs of maintaining their lifestyle definitely goes up dramatically. Not to mention there is a ring of shame that creeps into the picture. Not everyone that’s overweight has self esteem issues, but there are many people that feel trapped into thinking that they will never be any other size than just big and that’s not true at all. It’s true that it will take some time to lose weight, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take small steps to get you in the right direction.
If you’re really having emotional issues over the subject, it’s a good idea to talk with a qualified therapist or counselor that can help you work out the root issues surrounding your weight. It might seem silly or a waste of time and money, but it really does help to have someone to lean on when you really don’t feel like you’re ever going to lose weight.
Support groups online are another option to look into. Once you’re surrounded by people that are supporting you in a positive way, you’re going to be much more motivated to get things done — why not get started today?