Radical Thinking.

Hello,

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Well, after a fine weekend we are back with the cold and rain, and it’s Monday.

But never mind.

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With regard to yesterday’s post about the very overweight Orangutan, it is interesting to see the latest thinking about overweight people.

Of course they cannot be given to an animal sanctuary in order to solve their problem, but someone has come up with innovative ideas.

For once, it is nothing to do with raising taxes.

So that’s innovative for a start!

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It seems that many people are always trying to diet and this has a yo-yo effect which is very unhealthy and frustrating for them

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Nick Finer, who is professor of obesity medicine at University College London, is due to give a talk at the British Science Festival being held this week in Birmingham.

He will discuss his findings about obesity.

He has found that although many people diet they do not benefit in the long run by more than about 2-3% permanent weight reduction, which he considers to be pointless.

Apparently the body quickly adapts to extra weight gain because historically there has always been the danger of starvation if the supply of available food becomes scarce, and because shortages can never be predicted.

We are  programmed to eat when food is available as a survival technique.

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Professor Finer has come up with the idea of giving a gastric bypass to everyone who needs one in order to lose weight.

He suggests that this should be done on the NHS at special obesity clinics which would be set up all over the country, beginning with the most clinically obese and then working down.

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There is an obesity epidemic at the moment and this has a knock on effect to the whole body.

Eventually these people go on to suffer diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

This of course reflects on the NHS,  which has to treat these obesity-related ailments.

Already the cost has risen to around £4.5 billion per year and it can only get worse.

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Although the government always wants people to be responsible for themselves and deal with their problems, they are facing an uphill battle and a permanent solution must be found as funds are becoming ever more stretched.

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From available data, it seems that people who have gastric bypass surgery will, on average have a permanent loss of 40% of their body weight.

This even has a knock-on effect upon their health because it can cause their diabetes to go into remission and also add to their ability to enjoy a normal healthy lifestyle.

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Although, at the moment, there are thought to be at least I million morbidly obese people in the UK and the number is rapidly rising.

If they go on to develop the diseases associated with this, the cost is going to spiral horribly.

Although each gastric bypass will cost from £3,000 to £7,000, the money will be paid back quickly as the number of hospital treatments and prescriptions needed are reduced, and the patients can return to work again instead of possibly being on benefits and in ill health.

This means massive savings in the long run for everyone, and many more people living a happy, productive, healthy life.

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It is lateral thinking at it’s best.

Will Professor Finer’s ideas be acted upon!

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Have a good day.

j.

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2 Responses to “Radical Thinking.”

  1. nelly says:

    we have an epidemic here as well, and as someone who’s gained weight just by getting a full-time job, i can see why.
    our lifestyles are largely dictated with the way we think of community, architecture and urban spaces. we need a car to go anywhere, our roads aren’t set up for cycling and walking properly and our perceived notion of vast spaces contributes to how these cities build.
    so in the end you end up in a city like mine, where there are roughly over 1 m people, sprawled across vast land with poor public transpo and a very large dependency on vehicles. we think in super-size portions and serve them at restos too.
    There is also the common belief that those working behind their desks are actually working (but if you go for a walk at lunch you’re slacking off). For people like me, that makes things a whole lot worse.

    all of that adds to expanding waistlines and heart issues. Did you know doctors here aren’t allowed to tell you that you’re “fat/obese/etc..” and can “lightly’ suggest that you “lead a healthier lifestyle”. basically, they’re discouraged from telling it like it is, and get in trouble otherwise (my mum works in a clinic, she’s always annoyed about that).

    so yeah .. our collective wellbeing – from where i’m sitting- is orchestrated by factors that guarantee we fail in the long run 🙂

    • Jaksie says:

      You’re right, it is an epidemic everywhere in the western world now.
      We have moved too far from the natural.
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      I think that many people spend years without actually stepping on the natural surface of our Earth, because it is from house to car to concrete all of the time.
      Children play indoors because it is seen as dangerous for them even to be alone in their gardens now and they are ferried to and from school etc and their boredom is placated with junk food and computer games.
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      Cities don’t help either, I agree totally.
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      You need to be bloody minded to stay fit these days ‘cos it goes against the normal flow where no-one ever says the truth about ‘the emperor’s new clothes’ and no-one is responsible for anything anymore.
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      Stay cool,
      j.x.
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