top of page
  • Dr. J

Cost of Poor Health

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

One of the smartest Financial decisions you can make,
is investing in your Health

-Dr. Justin Lee D.C

"Eating healthy is too expensive."

"I don't feel like paying for a gym membership."

"I just can't help myself... I NEED my Netflix (binges) at night!!

"Maybe I'll start chiropractic care in a few months"

"I'd love to get a bike, but, I need to update my spring clothes first"

Have you ever considered the cost of NOT doing these things?

Typically, most good things in life take some investing; typically with time, money, focus and energy. By neglecting our health and trying to spare a few minutes or dollars on the front end... we set ourselves up for sub-optimal health. And in this gray area... we leave ourselves vulnerable for all sorts of chronic issues that can be annoying, debilitating, and/or fatal.

There's no secret that the United States is notoriously known for having one of the sickest populations on the planet. In school, on the news, and other areas we're typically exposed to the poor, under-developed areas of the world with starving children. Which, includes nearly 2 billion people on this planet and is an utter travesty in a world where resolution is a certain possibility. But for the first time in history (which doesn't draw the attention it deserves) this number is being surpassed by overweight/obese individuals.

Simply put; not good.


Yes, cutting corners on the front-end is easy to do, and can be legitimized pretty easily. But what does that cost on the back-end?

Well, let's look at the numbers.

Economic & Business

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, the cost of lost productivity in the workplace from chronic illness every year in the U.S. ($1T) is enough to employ every person at $50k a year who is currently unemployed.

CDC: Loss of productivity cost:: $225.8 Billion. $1,685/employee

Integrated Benefits Institute

For 147 million workers in 2019

-Total wages and benefits at $11.5 trillion

-66K employers

-Poor Health Costs US Employers $575 Billion and 1.5 Billion Work Daysof Absence and Impaired Performance

–Mostly due to sickness and ‘impaired performance’

–$3.9K per employee

Health care costs are the #1 attributor to bankruptcy in those over 60.

Out of 100 Employees

•74 overweight (58 in 1994)

•36 obese 

•12 diabetic (3 unaware– probably more) 

•Age at 1.5 years per one year... Yes, to mention the exponentially sharp decline inyou're losing an additional 1/2 year for every year of life.  Not life quality.

•33 with hypertension

•17 with high cholesterol 

•33 with high triglycerides 

•19 smoke

•80-95 fail to get enough exercise 

•62 with sleep issues 

•77 struggle with stress- 9 with depression issues

•83 will develop heart disease or cancer

Neglecting our health has costly side effects; financially, and more importantly, on our overall life.

Think about it; when do people tend to care most about their health?

When they lose it.

Which is a tough time to try and get it back.

For the most part, this isn't your fault:

The poor lifestyle choices that get us to the point of losing our health is built into the fabrics of society; poor nutrition, lack of movement, high stress, constant bombardment of toxic chemicals, etc.

The best for of health insurance?

Take your health into your own hands. I've helped countless people reclaim their health, allowing them to get off crippling medications, reverse 'chronic' conditions, and completely turn their life around. Not everyone goes through a 'miracle' transformation, as not needing a miracle transformation is the best place to be. Prevent catastrophic things from happening, and you'll be in a much better place. Not to mention, you'll just feel better and function better on a daily basis- living out the life you want to live.

If you don't invest in your health now...
You'll pay for it down the road.


And it isn't just a problem with adults...

A potentially more tragic story is the number of children that are chronically ill.

<The Story of our Children>

According to a study done in 2011 (also sad there hasn't been an updated study...) in the journal Academic Pediatrics;

54% of Children have one or more chronic health conditions

What does that look like?

*Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates have tripled in the U.S., and today, the country has some of the highest obesity rates in the world: one out of six children is obese, and one out of three children is overweight or obese.

*Asthma: At least 1 in 8 children, and approximately 1 in 6 African American children⠀

* Allergic Eczema: 1 in 5 children⠀

* Hay Fever (seasonal allergies): 2 to 3 out of every 5 children⠀

* Food Allergies: 1 in 12 children has a “true” food allergy (IgE mediated). It is estimated that 1 in 3 children (or more) has food intolerances (are sensitive to particular foods) and 1 in 17 children has a life-threatening food allergy. Nearly 2.5% of U.S. children may have an allergy to peanuts.⠀

* Celiac Disease: 1 in 80 children⠀

* Obesity/Overweight: 1 in 5 children⠀

Millions of American children struggle with what were once termed “psychiatric” disorders: mood disorders, neurobehavioral disorders, developmental delays and learning disabilities:⠀

* Mental health disorder: 1 in 6 children⠀

* Autism: 1 in 36 children⠀

* ADHD: Almost 1 in 10 children⠀

* Deveopmental or behavioral disorder: 16-18%⠀

* Learning disability: 1 in 6 children⠀

* Severe mood dysregulation (e.g., bipolar disorder): 1 in 30 children⠀

* Dyspraxia (impaired coordination and motor skills): 1 in 10 children⠀

* Pediatric depression or anxiety: 1 in 20 children⠀

* Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 1 in 100 children⠀

*1994: 10% of kids overweight

**2015: 32+%

* Avg time a child spends outdoors? 4 min.

*25% of schools eliminated recess

"For every child diagnosed with a chronic illness, there are many more undiagnosed children. There are millions of children with undiagnosed chronic illness.⠀

Many American children are not diagnosed with a particular disease or disorder, but they still show signs of being chronically ill.⠀

What is happening to our children?"

-DC Freedom Keepers

This is a TRUE epidemic.. that's turning pandemic with astonishing speed.

It's time to take action:

For ourselves.

Our Kids.

We all deserve better.

Vote with your actions, and it'll pay off 10-fold in all areas of life.


Do you want to accumulate wealth?

Enjoy your retirement in comfort, or leave money for your kids?

If so, stay healthy.

Your health is the number one investment of your lifetime, don’t let it get away.

What is the most expensive illness to have per case, PER YEAR per Individual?

Chronic Pain: $6,000 Cancer: $6,199 Diabetes: $8,166 Heart Disease: $12,030 Depression: $14,189 Alzheimer's: $42,641 Big Bad Bug per case: $17,000 (not year over year)

And these numbers don't consider the personal expenses and efforts one invests in or has to make along the way.

Considering current numbers and calculating trends, the largest spend right now is chronic pain, diabetes, and pre-diabetes (not calculated here) will affect the most people in time, but considering how one issue promotes the other the illness is most likely to bankrupt the system is Alzheimer's.

Granted, rarely do any one of these issues occur by itself.

Weight issues and obesity are not up there either, so many overlapping expenses, I wanted to keep the concept clean. Per Year Totals in escalating order:

Chronic Pain: $600,000,000,