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The recent debate on obesity between Dr David Haslam and Dr Colin Guthrie (Clinical, June 18) has completely

changed my attitude to patients with obesity. Dr Haslam's statement that obesity is a chronic disease was an absolute revelation.

Up to now I have always assumed that obesity was due to patients shovelling excessive amounts of food into their mouths and not taking enough exercise, but now I realise I have been wrong.

It just goes to show you learn something new every day. Of course now that obesity is recognised as a disease it means the patients don't have to take any responsibility whatsoever for the amounts of food they shovel down.

I look forward to a golden age of general practice when we will all be running around like headless chickens trying to get patients to lose weight. I can only imagine the amount of anguish it will cause a GP when an obese patient stands on the scales in the surgery only to show that he hasn't lost an ounce. It will be truly paradise for GPs.

I eagerly look forward to further contributions from Dr Haslam and I am on tenterhooks to find out what other revelations he has hidden up his sleeve.

Dr P Bolitho-Jones

South Oxhey, Herts

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