Am I wrong to feel it’s unfair that the NHS are looking to pay for weight loss surgery to help obese people lose weight when they won’t pay for life altering treatments like Fampyra and Sativex?
Whilst I accept that obesity in this country is a huge problem I don’t like the term “epidemic” as it implies that people are “catching” obesity in the same way they’d catch the flu!
Obesity is caused by bad lifestyle choices, eating and drinking the wrong things and not exercising enough. I know this because I allowed it to happen to me last year. I sat around, feeling sorry for myself, eating whatever I liked and drinking 6 bottles of wine a week! No wonder I was fat and miserable! Since Christmas I’ve lost nearly 1.5 stone by changing my eating habits and cutting down on booze. I don’t have the luxury of being able to exercise as my mobility is so bad so I’ve managed my weight loss through diet alone.
Why should able bodied people be given surgery costing £15,000 that does what I’ve done on my own with no exercise? I’d love to be able to get off my (fat) bum and run round the park or go to the gym and I feel angry that people take these abilities for granted and let themselves get obese.
NICE recently declared Fampyra, a drug that could improve my mobility by 30%, as not cost effective. If I could walk 30% better I could manage the gym, is it me or is that insanely ironic? Perhaps I should just let myself get obese then get weight loss surgery just to get my money’s worth?
I have to pay for the medication I take to manage my symptoms and could pay for Fampyra and Sativex but disabled people earn much less than able bodied people so at this rate all my salary will go on medication just to make myself feel OK.
Why is it not cost effective to pay for a drug that could change my life but it is cost effective to pay for surgery, the results of which could be achieved by a little will power and self control?
I know some people can’t lose weight as medication or their conditions make it hard but it was hard for me in my condition too.
Is it just me who feels like this? I’d love to hear what other MSers think?