Women becoming obese to get NHS funded surgery

Research commissioned by the UK’s largest cosmetic treatment review website reveals that 32% of overweight women would rather gain weight with hope of undergoing free weight loss surgery than diet to shed the pounds.

The study, commissioned by, found that of all the women asked 59% would have a form of cosmetic surgery if the government funded it.

The research shows that 32% of overweight people in the UK would rather gain additional weight and become morbidly obese with hope to undergo surgery on the NHS, than lose weight through a healthy diet and increased exercise.

11% of the respondents admit to requesting weight loss surgery from their GP, while 19% claim to have never experienced health issues as a result of being overweight. Only 6% are completely happy with their appearance and 14% would ‘never’ consider having a cosmetic treatment.18% are ‘unhappy’ with the shape and size of their nose. 28% of these women would consider telling their GP that their nose was making them depressed, in the hope of a free cosmetic treatment to reshape it. 22% would ask the NHS for a funded breast lift after breast-feeding. 43% of mothers would take their child to the doctor if they were bullied due to having larger ears and request surgery funded by the NHS to alter them.

Weight loss surgery is not covered by most private medical or health cash insurance, but nearly all of these policies have helplines that women with weight problems could use anonymously to get good advice on how to solve the problem.

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