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Obesity

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Obesity occurs when somebody is carrying too much body fat for their height and sex and it is one of the biggest problems facing the western world. Morbid obesity is when somebody has a Body Mass Index (BMI) exceeding 40, and sufferers will frequently suffer from breathlessness, excessive sweating and joint pain. They also open themselves up to a host of additional health worries, from heart disease to breast cancer. Lack of exercise is the most common cause of obesity, but there are other causes as well, including some disorders of the thyroid gland. In most cases, the only treatment needed is a reduction in calories and increased exercise. In more extreme cases, drugs can be prescribed that suppress the sufferers appetite, and as a final resort, a gastric band can be fitted which artificially reduced the sufferers stomach size.

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I am desperate for gastric surgery and have been over weight for years. I have tried every diet going with no success. If there any funding for a gastric bypass? My confidence is low and my self esteem is rock bottom.





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Due to weight loss I more have loose skin on my under arms (bar wings). I have tried exercise but nothing helps. How can I get rid if them? I suffer with depression and this is effecting me terribly when buying clothes and when I leave the house. I can't wear strappy tops in the summer and then I get conscious about sweating which in turns makes me sweat more. How can I get rid if these horrible arms?





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Could someone please help me, I have gained weight which I find hard to loose, even had help through a dietician through a doctor and nothing has worked! I have gone to the gym to try loose the weight on my abdomen area. I had to have an hysterectomy due to abnormal cells of the cervice and problems with my womb. It wasn't until they opened me up that they descoved that the infection I got through the emergency C- section done to delivery my son had caused my womb to adhere to other vital organs, so the simple opposition took a lot longer to do and double the time to recover from. Since then I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition, which makes looking weight and keeping it off harder, but I have managed to loose over a stone and keep it off due to healthy rating and excerising. But my stomachs does not seem to be shrinking if anything it seems to be getting better. I have been told that the only solution is a tummy tuck but I will have to pay for it myself £3 to £6,000 . It affects my other health conditions and I am continually sore under the flap of access skin and get, it also smells and The only trouser I can now wear and feel comfortable in is tracky bottoms. It putting a strain on my ankles , knees, hips that have been injured in accidents and my spine where I have 5 damaged and slipped discs. I desperately need help to make my life better and to take the pressure off the rest of my body.





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I feel the same way wat can i do

I am 29 years old gyus obese,I am really interesting to get surgery about diminution of stomac,what do I have to do and if it will be free?i need to know what should I do.





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I weigh a 15 stone I am 16 years old I need to get smaller because I feel left out when I carnt get cloths to fit me any help is great fully appreciated





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i know hoe you feel i may not weigh as much as you but i found doing the 90 day challenge was good at helping. all you do is cut junk food, sweets and takeaways out of you're diet for 90 days. in doing this i became more awake and could concentrate more. i also lost a lot of weight! the plus is you can have 3 cheat days a month although i only used one a month

Hi am 23st and I'd like some help in losing weight. I have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetic.





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I'm 41 and weigh 15st 3lb. I have always had a weight problem and have yoyo'd from the age of 16. When I reached my heaviest at almost 20st, my GP became the ball rolling for me to have gastric surgery. This was due to my thyroid problem and Chronic fatigue as well as constant attempts to loose weight. In April 2012 I had lost weight (I was now 16st 6lb)and had a Gastric Sleeve. Over the next two years I managed to loose a further 3st. However, my restriction stopped, I had developed Fibromyalgia soon after the sleeve, was unable to exercise, my mood was very very low, and my weight began to creep up. I have now returned to my old habits of binge eating (especially chocolate bars), I eat in secret, I spend a lot of time on my own, I feel I am going back down that slippery slope, and I am scared that I am going to end up in a Worse place than before. I hate my body. I have recently been diagnosed with Aspergers too, and really don't know where to turn. I really need some help, please please can you point me in the right direction.





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Help I'm 44 and weigh 21st 6 yrs ago I slipped a disc and had a disectomy which I was in the 20%of the operation not working. I now have arthritis in my knees that won't be operated on me as I'm too big. I just seem to get bigger and bigger and need some serious intervention. I find getting around very painful both physically and emotionally.





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Could someone please help me, I'm 64 and weigh 20 stone, Ive been housebound now for over 2 years due to a fall I had from a boat, I ended with cellulitis in both legs that's only just stopped weeping. I'm also waiting for knee replacements and I have 2 holes in my heart. I am left to deal with all of this by myself,I find I don't get help from my Doctor, I never see anyone and never have any phone calls. I'm just getting bigger and bigger, sometimes I ask myself why do I carry on. I'm very depressed, and that's just a few of my problems. I do wish that I could get help.





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Hi I'm 23 I have pcos and underactive thyroid , high cholesterol and depression and I'm nearly 25 stone I've suffered with weight most of my life and I'm at a wits end , I've tried lighter life lost six stone but put that all back on and more , also done slimming world weight watchers , diet chef and failed at all. I'm really struggling with this at the moment. Please someone help me I'm not coping to well :(





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