Dr. Jonathan Riley dispels the widespread belief that one can be overweight and otherwise healthy.
The story you published on September 14th, “Plans to repeal England’s anti-obesity policies a national shame,” left me feeling very sad. Most individuals believe the falsehood that they may be overweight while still being healthy, and they are oblivious to the dangers of their lifestyle.
As a gynecologist who specializes in cancer treatment, I can attest to the fact that obesity contributes to around one-third of all cases of uterine cancer. Consequently, an increasing number of individuals are bringing their overweight selves to me for a cancer diagnosis and then having to deal with the after-effects of that diagnosis and its treatment. Numerous health problems may be attributed to and made worse by obesity, and these problems not only have a negative impact on the patient’s and their family’s quality of life but also on the government’s budget.
The government’s proposals, in my opinion, did not go far enough, and by abandoning them, it is admitting that it is not taking the situation seriously.
Dr. Jonathan Riley
Consultant obstetrician and gynecologist
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