Over the years we have seen thousands of people improve their health and happiness as a result of weight loss surgery. What is less well known is that we also see an improvement in their financial wellbeing too.
Not only do people report saving money on food, but we also find that their earning power improves too. In a recent blog we wrote about the way society and employers have a prejudice against obese employees. This was confirmed in a paper that was published in Obesity Surgery magazine*. The article was in fact titled, 'Paid Work Increases and State Benefit Claims Decrease after Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery'.
Its conclusion was that patients who had gastric band and gastric bypass surgery improved their financial wellbeing in the following ways:
- There was a 32% increase in the number of patients in paid work
- The weekly hours worked increased from 30.1 to 35.8
- Fewer patients claimed state benefits
- There was a decrease in obesity related physical and emotional constraints on their ability to do work
This confirms that weight loss surgery can be self funding. The physical and emotional benefits associated with weight loss surgery really did lead to better earning capability.
*Hawkins et al 'Paid Work Increases and State Benefit Claims Decrease after Bariatric Surgery' - Obesity Surgery 2007.