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While trooping around the green in Holyport with my personal trainer client Greta, we got chatting about obesity. How do people get obese, and what can be done to help them? This topic also came to light last week with the case of British man Paul Mason, who is the world’s fattest man, weighing in at 70 stone. Although the press focused mainly on the rights and wrongs of him being supported by the welfare state, his plight also raises more interesting questions.
The only way to prevent this happening is to be pre-emptive. Whether (as in the case of Mr Mason) it’s a matter of mental health issues that need addressing, or the amount of food being eaten vs the calories going out, things are much easier to fix before it gets to late. With our nutritional advice at Diets Don’t Work we try to get personal training clients to eat good things early on in the day and at regular intervals, so that they have consistently even blood sugar levels thus avoiding those starving moments mid afternoon in the office when all you desire is a king size mars bar. Or some biscuits. Or a diary milk. Or two.
So don’t be too judgemental on Mr Mason, the real failing lies in the NHS letting things get so far-surely it would be sensible and also cost efective for the tax payer for the government to agree on a weight above which someone is put on a danger list and given all the help necessary to lose weight before it’s too late.