Piling on the pounds - more than 100 people sign up for dangerous operations - medics try to tackle rise of the ‘super obese’

Health bosses at Pinderfields hold a national obesity forum, where doctors and hospital staff are trained in handling people with obesity.
Pictured: Dr Chinnadosai Rajeswarram, wearing a special suit that makes him appear to be over 30 stone in weight.
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Health bosses at Pinderfields hold a national obesity forum, where doctors and hospital staff are trained in handling people with obesity. Pictured: Dr Chinnadosai Rajeswarram, wearing a special suit that makes him appear to be over 30 stone in weight. p317c404

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Medical experts are dealing with a rising number of “super-obese” patients who are placing a huge financial burden on the NHS.

More than 100 people each year are having dangerous gastric operations at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust after putting on so much weight that only surgery can help them live.

Medics at the Trust say obese patients – who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 25 – often have complex health problems and are at risk of broken bones, and life-limiting health episodes like heart attacks and strokes.

 

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