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Scrubbing up: Your comments

One in three adults in the UK will be obese by 2012, according to UK researchers. Chris Oliver is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon in Edinburgh who had gastric band surgery to lose weight but believes it is not the solution for everyone.

He thinks we all need an annual weight check and firmer treatment from our doctors to control our weight.

What do you think? Here are some of the comments you have been sending in to this week's Scrubbing Up.

Your Comments

Bring in a stealth tax for people who are overweight and do not attempt to do anything about it. We are definitely too soft on people who choose to abuse their bodies and overeat without following any diet or exercise plan. They are a drain on the NHS and should contribute more! Richard , Dundee, UK

I have struggled with weight for the last 13 years. A lady GP I visited recently has been a lot firmer, and I really appreciate it. It gets one down a lot in sheer frustration and sometimes anger. A fantastic success story Chris! David, Fife, UK

Good for you Chris. Three and a half years ago I realised my obesity had to change after I went to the supermarket and had my body fat measured - I had more fat in me than some of the foods I considered high in fat. So I set about changing it and brought my weight down from over 16 stone to just over 11. It was the body fat measurement and the look of shock on the girl's face when she told me the results that forced me into action. Annual weight checks would be a good idea, but there needs to be more than a softly, softly 'you really need to do something about it' approach when people are identified as obese. Ali, Exeter, UK

Forcing this should not be an option. However I do believe that anyone presenting themselves in front of medical staff should expect to be judged and have the appropriate details offered. Over-weight, Under-weight, Smoker, Drinker, everyone. We all deserve to be told "Your body/life is under a direct risk as a result of XXXX"

Robertv, Edinburgh, UK

In a sense he is right - on the other hand it's also the responsibility of man him or her self to live a healthy life style. I don't think any one is forced to eat unhealthy - you make a choice. Labelling on food products is one of the keys to a healthy life style, by making a good choice easier. Helen, Lund, Sweden

Does this guy seriously believe that we fat people are fat because our doctors haven't told us the risks?! He should know better than anyone that it is a thousand times more complicated than that! Iseult, Birmingham, UK

Its all about education & people taking responsibility for themselves. People must be educated and made aware that if they eat rubbish and don't exercise then of course they will gain wait. You as a person are ultimately responsible for what you put in your mouth and how much you move. It seems such a simple thing that some people can't grasp for whatever reason. Healthy diet and exercise are such a fundamental part of feeling good, both physically and mentally. Richard, Hemel Hempstead, UK

Obesity is an emotive subject. People seem to think that those who are obese choose to be that way or are weak. I put on about 5 stone gradually over 2 years due to medication given to me by my doctors for an illness. This is not self induced obesity and there are thousands like me. What we need is support to lose the weight and an NHS based weight loss program. Wendy, Leeds , UK

Oh, if were only as simple as getting tougher and having a yearly weigh-in! The reasons behind the individual's over-eating need to be understood and their lifestyle investigated. In that way effective, personalised advice and support can be given. In a society that actively encourages over-consumption, with a post-war generation believing love=food, a stick and a carrot will not work. Cathy , Surbiton, UK

There is no point in this unless there is more help available such as this doctor had. Obesity is not easily cured. You can't give up eating, which would be a LOT easier than cutting down and cutting out. Eating is one of the most primal urges.
Susan, Duns, UK

In December I was 29 stone, and struggling to anything about it. I was offered gym on prescription at the Wirksworth leisure centre and told about the gastric banding since going to the gym in may I have lost six stone in weight and I can walk 5 miles instead of 5 yards it is a complete new life. I was referred to the bariatric surgeon Mr Armed at the new Royal derby hospital for which he suggested a gastric bypass which I had on Saturday 26th last I was discharged on Monday 28th I had a wonderful stay in hospital and my surgeon was brilliant nothing was to much trouble for him he has even gone so far as to ring me at home to check on my progress. I feel sore but very well and am looking forward for my new start in life Neal , Matlock ,UK

I had a gastric bypass in Belgium in 2004. Since then I have lost over 11 stone. I am now 14.5 stone and never felt better. My life has improved and I am doing things I never thought possible. I agree with the Doctor, it may not be for everyone. However for me it worked. Adrian , Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

It is all very well having an annual weight check but if someone is in a similar position to this Dr and need surgery, it isn't as easy as that. Unless you have money to pay for it yourself, you have to get through PCT's who often require you to have a BMI of over 60 before they will help. What is the point of this as it's often too late once someone reaches this figure and is more likely to die on the table. There is NO help in this country for people in this situation when they are desperate. It is disgusting.
Hazel Kent, Bracknell, UK

Surely you only need look in a mirror, or at the label in your clothes, to decide if you are too fat? Why do you need a doctor to weigh you and tell you? Look after yourselves, people, don't rely on the state or the NHS!
Kath, Bournemouth, UK



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