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Sadly, Channel 4‘s documentary programme ”My Baggy Body” showcased some all-too familiar stories.

Sadly, Channel 4‘s documentary programme ”My Baggy Body” showcased some all-too familiar stories.

29th January, 2014

My heart went out especially to Gregg, whose sheer determination and focus led to considerable weight loss over a 3-year period through diet and exercise. However, he then discovered that women still weren‘t interested in him because of the mounds of loose skin this process left behind.

Sadly, there doesn‘t seem to be much that the NHS can do for courageous people like Gregg who manage to face up to and beat their food demons. It is simply not equipped to meet the treatment demands this relatively new kind of patient generates. As obesity rates soar, so do requests for costly weight-loss surgery. Meanwhile, skin-removal treatment has become low priority for the NHS.

There are several reasons for this:

Of course, body-lift surgery is available privately but unfortunately, as Gregg discovered, these complex procedures can be expensive.

What lessons can be taken from Gregg‘s story?

As with most health issues, I strongly recommend taking a prevention rather than cure approach. If you are embarking on a weight-loss journey, I wish you the very best with it and would advise the following:

In addition to a sensible diet and exercise routine, these measures should help minimise the unsightly quantities of excess skin, resulting in a happier, more confident you once you’ve won your weight-loss battle.