Los­ing weight saves money

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – It is re­ported that ev­ery­one over 40 in Eng­land is to be given a blood test to iden­tify if un­healthy eat­ing has af­fected their me­tab­o­lism.

If so they will be en­rolled on healthy liv­ing pro­grammes, in­clud­ing cook­ery lessons and ex­er­cise coach­ing.

They cost £435, less than a Baby Box (to be handed out to new par­ents across Scot­land), but re­duc­tion in di­a­betes Type 2 cases is ex­pected to be enor­mous.

Why can’t NHS Scot­land do this?

Treat­ing ill­ness caused by obe­sity and di­a­betes costs £8.8bn in Eng­land, equiv­a­lent to £800m out of NHS Scot­land’s £13bn bud­get.

We can all re­duce pres­sure on the NHS by keep­ing our­selves healthy.

A study in the Lancet last year showed that pa­tients could lose up to 21lbs if their doc­tor took 30 sec­onds to book them on to a Weight Watch­ers course.

Al­lan Suther­land. 1 Wil­low Row, Stone­haven.

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