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Obesity is not our problem

From Dr Kathryn Shore



In response to Simon Fisher's excellent patient-centred, multi-component, weight-loss system ­ eat less, do more (Letters, 30 March) ­ I use a similar system and

regularly discuss it with patients.

Unfortunately, there appear to be a substantial number of patients whose bodies do not obey the first law of thermodynamics and despite eating 'nothing' and exercising all day, continue to pile on weight.

Perhaps we should harness this energy to create an environmentally friendly power source and plough the profits back in to the cash-strapped NHS?

On a more serious note, with the likely exception of the morbidly obese, this really is, like many of the problems that we are asked to tackle, a lifestyle issue, and we have no magic wands.

The sooner people realise this and take responsibility

for their health, the sooner

will the NHS be financially viable again and work in

the way in which it was intended.

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