‘Shape up to avoid crisis in hospitals’

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Health bosses in Lincolnshire are putting their weight behind plans to avoid a crisis in hospitals serving the obese in South Holland.

According to a study by the Royal College of Physicians, doctors are worrying hospitals will not be able to cope if something isn’t done about the rising problem of obesity.

In the UK a quarter of all adults are classed as obese, costing the NHS about £5bn a year. It is estimated that the majority of the population will be classified as obese by 2050.

However, a spokesman for NHS Lincolnshire said there are a number of initiatives already in place to prevent any crisis.

Last year, it awarded Weight Watchers, including groups across South Holland, a contract to provide a 12-week programme to 4,000 adults with a BMI (body mass index) of over 30, who have been referred by a doctor.

It said it also funds various healthy lifestyle activities, as well as work in schools educating parents on portion size and giving children ‘me size’ plates.

Adam McVeigh commented on Facebook: “Yes, let’s blame fat people now for costing us too much money, just like we we’re told to do with the poor and then the disabled.”

Nigel Campbell said: “And they complain about smokers - at least we pay about 80 per cent tax on fags and baccy to cover ill health in later life.”