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GP sheds 8 stone after 50 years of misery

Dr Ahmed Badat, a GP in at the Shepherds Bush Medical Centre, appears to be half the man he used to be-or almost- after undergoing surgery to tackle a 50-year weight problem.

Dr Ahmed Badat, a GP in at the Shepherds Bush Medical Centre, appears to be half the man he used to be-or almost- after undergoing surgery to tackle a 50-year weight problem.

Having dieted unscucsssesully since he was 14, the fed up 62-year-old underwent gastric bypass surgery at Charing Cross Hospital in January.

Dr Badat has since seen his weight plunge from 145kg (23st) to 98kg (15st) and says the surgery has also cleared up a range of other nasty weight related conditions including his diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol is cured. His chronic arthritis and sleep apnoea have also vastly improved, he says and he no longer rattles wiht all the pills he has been taking. And much to his PCTs delight, no doubt, he has since referred no less than 15 of his patients to Imperial College Healthcare for similar bariatric surgery.

Dr Badat said: ‘I used to feel depressed about my weight. I tried every diet under the sun and if I did manage to lose any weight, I would always put it straight back on again once I stopped dieting.

‘Eventually I just got used to being obese but what I could not cope with were the conditions I developed as a result of my weight. ‘

He said he considered bariatric surgery 10 years ago but then the risks were too great .

Asked how he felt now, he replied: ‘I am over the moon.'

Baggy trousers: Dr Ahmed Badat Baggy trousers: Dr Ahmed Badat

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