Obese? That’s because you eat too much, says top doctor

Posted on September 20, 2008 

Obese? That’s because you eat too much, says top doctor

The obese are being treated as if they have a medical problem when often they simply eat too much and exercise too little, a leading doctor has said.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, head of the British Medical Association, argued that the “over-medicalisation” of weight gain meant that many individuals failed to take responsibility for their own health.

Doctors are being expected to dish out pills and carry out surgical interventions that have “limited benefits”, according to Dr Meldrum, a GP practising in Yorkshire.

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