Obesity costing NHS for bigger equipment

The NHS has spent £1bn on new CT scanners as a result of the increasing amount of patients who are too big to fit in the conventional ones.
A huge amount of the NHS budget goes towards treating obesity, and the consequences of being overweight, such as diabetes.
Approximately £5.1 billion a year goes towards treating obesity, but now the healthcare service have had to pay for larger CT scanners that can penetrate deeper through fat, scan at a faster speed, and can physically hold almost double the weight of standard ones, in order to accommodate severely overweight people.
This will make a lot of people angry, as obesity is preventable, and tax payers do not want to be paying for treatment for health complications that can be avoided.
Type 2 diabetes is strongly linked with a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight is one of the main risk factors. Many people with this disease could similarly have avoided developing it, had they managed to follow a healthier diet and incorporated exercise into their daily routine.
The true cost of obesity and the negative health effects it has are seen in the lives of those who are chronically overweight. Some people find it hard to get out of bed, let alone get out of the house, and the complications can lead to amputations, breathing difficulties and heart problems.
So why do people let themselves get so bad? Each case is different, but aiming for a healthier lifestyle could save you a lot of pain and hassle later in life, as well as save on the NHS budget.

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