As a healthy 39 year old male who doesn’t have a day job, I pay roughly $700 a month for healthcare in the US. I’ve often wondered why healthcare costs so much in America when it’s free or extremely affordable everywhere else in the world. Despite helping subsidize my lower income brothers and sisters under the Affordable Care Act, I looked at recent pictures of myself and realized I’m part of the problem, not the solution.
At 167-170 lbs, I’m considered overweight for a 5’10” male. I should be closer to 150 – 155 lbs according to my doctor I visited for sleep apnea earlier in the year. It’s hard to hear that I’m overweight, but deep down I know I am because I once weighed 150 lbs in college. Further, every time I travel to Asia, I’m reminded how much skinnier folks are there compared to in the US.
Every year I have a goal of trying to hover around 160 lbs. I realize being overweight can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease, kidney disease, and ultimately an early death. Treating all these problems costs the system money and I apologize for losing my battle against the bulge. I’ve invited Financial Samurai reader JW from The Green Swan to share his thoughts about healthcare as a healthcare investment banker. In the meantime, I’ll be going for a jog.