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Can anyone answer tell me if I was correct?

 

I was having a discussion over the weekend and someone claimed that doctors can give help to people who are overweight. People who are classed as obese according to BMI are eligible for NHS help. What this help is I'm not sure but I didn't think this was the case. Has anyone ever had help or know if this is true please? You can settle an argument if you know :)

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I was told I was overweight when registering at the doctors - this was based on a BMI but I don't think you can use this method for everyone as I have bigger shoulders than many people I know of the same height!

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The problem here is that they can offer lots of help if they want to offer the help and if the practice has access to a dietician, weight loss specialist or whatever.

 

The fact that they CAN is no guarantee that they WILL though ;)

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Yes it's true that you can get help from the GP to lose weight. Our GP holds an obesity clinic run by a nurse practitioner. I went 18 months ago when I reached over 14 st and my BMI Reached 30. Im 5 ft 6. What I didn't like was that I was offered medication to help with weight loss as a first resort . I refused as I didn't fancy the side effects and anyway , I wanted to try on my own first . I cut down on the biscuits and chocolate . Improved my diet and upped my exercise . I visited the clinic every month for support and a weigh in. I lost 3 stones in just under a year and got my BMI down to 25 which , given that I've never smoked and don't have any other problems , they were very happy with. I'm not sure If all surgeries offer this kind of clinic though as my friend wanted to do the same and couldn't get help at hers.

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Why not try something simple, go for a walk once a week.

 

With the heart rate gently pumping you will be doing gentle exercise and burning off the calories. There are loads of areas for gentle walking such as

 

Forge Dam

Endcliffe Park

Rivelin

Dam Flask

Redmires Reserviour

 

The list could go on forever, it costs nothing and if you do this on a regular basis (once a week) it could become an enjoyable hobby and you would be taking steps in the right direction to dealing with your problem

 

NOt sure if everyone over a certain BMI is eligable for help, I guess that would mean many olympic athletes, rugby players etc... would also be eligable for help. The BMI is a very poor indicator of someones health & fitness

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Can anyone answer tell me if I was correct?

 

I was having a discussion over the weekend and someone claimed that doctors can give help to people who are overweight. People who are classed as obese according to BMI are eligible for NHS help. What this help is I'm not sure but I didn't think this was the case. Has anyone ever had help or know if this is true please? You can settle an argument if you know :)

 

Don't tell me, you think all overweight people should be running around on the streets or something.

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