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Gastric Bypass Surgery – Gain Weight To Get It?

In Britain, the National Health Service used to pay for gastric bypass for individuals with BMIs greater than 35, but a new rule has raised the qualifying BMI to 45 and above. So many people were having gastric bypass, that it was overburdening the system. In response, some people are trying to gain weight to qualify for the surgery!

Here’s what a couple of British folk have to say:

“It’s grossly unfair and incredibly short-sighted. There are hundreds of other people like me who can’t afford private surgery, and the message seems to be pay up or pig out.”

“Instead of surgery and rehabilitation my only option is McDonalds and ice cream”This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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One Response to “Gastric Bypass Surgery – Gain Weight To Get It?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    “Instead of surgery and rehabilitation my only option is McDonalds and ice cream”

    Since when did surgery become the only option for losing weight? I find it frightening that people are becoming so dependent on medical treatments, especially surgery, as a panacea for all their ills instead of accepting that they have some role in their own care.

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