Thursday, 2 February 2017

More BMI Bonkers!

Another bonkers story about NHS health rationing based on BMI junk science. It appears certain NHS Trusts are rejecting joint replacement operations for obese people who have BMI over 35. They are supposed to go away and lose 10% of their body weight to be reconsidered. Having suffered from gout in the past I know that joint pain is a serious hindrance to leading an active and healthy lifestyle, but gout is sporadic rather than permanant, so God knows how those who need joint reaplcements are supposed to get around this problem.

I'm currently BMI 36 and could probably cheat under 35 by starving for a few days ahead of any medical, but at the start of 2016 I was close to 40. Losing 10% of my body weight (c.13kg) took a year to do and it certainly wasn't trivial, it took lifestyle changes including changes in physical activity. That's where the stupidity of this kind of rationing comes in, to get the treatment they need these people need to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, but without that treatment they will struggle to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle. Plus if my experiences are anything to go by there will be little in the way of practical support to overcome the lack of acute treatment.

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