Deciding to make it your mission to lose weight is an important life-changing goal that can help you for the better. However, before you embark on your quest believing only good things will come from your weight loss, it’s actually imperative to consider the ripple effects of what weight loss can mean for your self-image, insurance claims and family. Being in the know before you begin tackling your goal will enable you to expect, avoid and challenge any pitfalls you come across.
Although some may worry whether it’s possible to get insurance and a reasonable premium if they’re obese, it is. According to Healthdata.org ‘an estimated 160 million Americans are either obese or overweight’, which means it’s unlikely insurance companies will sacrifice such a wide spread of custom.
However in other scenarios relating to your weight loss, such as if you opt for bariatric surgery, both health insurance and disability insurance will only cover you through this process in the event the weight loss surgery is deemed medically necessary.
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This means if the weight loss surgery is for cosmetic purposes then you are very unlikely to be covered. This is why it’s paramount to ask questions about your insurance policy and check what it covers. Furthermore, seek advice from a legal expert to avoid future claims being rejected such as the case concerning Prudential disability insurance claim denials.
An almost immediate self-image overhaul via weight loss surgery can be quite shocking for you to digest when seeing yourself as an entirely new person. Not to mention there also is potential for extreme emotional and physical change if you undergo transformative surgeries such as a body lift surgery or facelift.
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You may have mixed feelings about this so you should prepare in advance whether you wish to have the excess skin removed.
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Some people have issues with their self-image as they aspire to change themselves to look like someone else (who may have a completely different physique to their own). Following weight loss surgery or plastic surgery, the image you expected of yourself may not replicate the one you had in your head. Which is why it’s essential beyond self-image to have high self-esteem that isn’t entirely controlled by the way you look.
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Laying too much importance on our outside image sometimes negates the point of weight loss surgery, to begin with. With the primary concern usually being to get us to a healthier weight.
Your family, especially your children thrive on routine and consistency to feel safe, loved, and develop into confident young people. Weight loss surgery can affect the status quo and impact your relationships with your family. For example, it could confuse some of the younger family members if you look completely different and the routine you all once shared has been shaken up and changed.
To soften the blow on your family, you should prepare them for your weight loss plan in advance. You can do this by telling them (if it’s age appropriate) about what is happening, why it’s happening, how your routine will change (a different diet, more exercise conscious family activities) and what they can do to help.
Preparing your family for your weight loss is vital, whether you are planning an operation or choosing to lose weight naturally.
The Bottom Line
Possessing an awareness of the likely effects of your weight loss on insurance policies, self-image, and family, will enable you to prepare for the changes you are choosing to make in advance and prepare and cushion any falls you may experience along the way.
In good health,