DOC­TOR’S NOTE

Llanelli Star - - CELEBRITY WELLBEING -

■ OBE­SITY should be classed as a dis­ease to en­cour­age peo­ple to seek treat­ment, medics have said.

The role played by ge­net­ics to­gether with the ill­nesses cre­ated by obe­sity such as Type 2 di­a­betes, and some can­cers, means it should be de­fined as a dis­ease, they said.

John Wild­ing, pro­fes­sor of medicine at the in­sti­tute of ageing and chronic dis­ease at the Univer­sity of Liver­pool, and Vicki Mooney, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Euro­pean Coali­tion for Peo­ple liv­ing with Obe­sity, said the “preva­lent view is that obe­sity is self-in­flicted and that it is en­tirely the in­di­vid­ual’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to do some­thing about it.”

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