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The Lap Band Surgery Center: Lap Band Surgery May Improve Employment Prospects
Date:5/17/2013

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) May 17, 2013

Obesity can have consequences other than just a person's health. As pointed out in a January 26, 2013 article by USA Today, “Do Penalties for Smokers and the Obese Make Sense?” (usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/26/do-penalties-for-smokers-and-the-obese-make-sense/1867201/), obesity and smoking seem to be united in the public mind as costly activity requiring consequences: “why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits?” Many of those in employment settings, says Dr. Joseph Naim of the Lap Band Surgery Center, can share this unfortunate opinion, which can make it hard for those with extra weight to find work in a difficult economy. He suggests that those who want to improve their job prospects, or those considering changing careers, may want to investigate the idea of losing weight via lap band surgery.

Further on in the USA Today article, it mentioned the general financial costs to the country: “Annual health care costs are roughly $96 billion for smokers and $147 billion for the obese, the government says.” Statistics such as these may be used by employers to justify to themselves the real reason why they won't hire people carrying extra weight, such as health care costs and missed work days due to poor health. Currently, companies are examining their financial condition very soberly, and especially health care costs, in light of the Affordable Care Act requirements for hiring new workers.

While the USA Today article mentioned smoking in a worse light, saying that research suggests that smoking reduces a person's lifespan by 10 years or more, the picture given for obesity is hardly better: “the obese die five to 12 years
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