Diamond Dog wrote:Yet the opening post makes no such qualification, nor allows for individual circumstances.
The opening post you, and others, have wholeheartedly endorsed.
I gave a list of other criteria where the NHS could, equally justifiably, refuse treatment - no one besides Toby seems to want to answer that.
Which is interesting, don't you think?
I don’t really see the need to allow for individual circumstances wgt weight gain and calorie intake. By the time you reach adulthood you have a pretty good idea of how much food you need to sustain you without putting on weight. Base your intake on that.
Well that is flat out wrong.
I have 2 degrees in sciences but in order to lose weight I have literally had to go back to basic weighing and counting up every calorie I ingest because I had absolutely no idea what amount of food I needed to ingest to lose weight.
I knew it was 1900 calories a day but I had zero idea of what that meant on the plate.
Because I am analytical and, modesty aside, intelligent I have been able to do that; but I can imagine for many people eating the correct amount of food is a struggle because they have no idea what the correct amount of food is and are not equipped to work it out for themselves easily.
I would say that losing weight, much like stopping smoking or drinking, requires a change in attitude more than anything else, the person has to actively desire to lose weight, stop smoking or stop drinking, because being pressurized into it is never going to lead to lasting results.
I made a active decision to become a non-smoker many years ago and I made a active decision to lose weight likewise with, so far, modest but measurable effect
The one thing that fat people do not need is condescension, disgust or moralizing of thin people.