I decided to watch the BBC 3 programme on line that shows the effects of obesity through an actual post mortem.
I think that anyone who is carrying too much weight would want to take action to minimise the risk of what fat can do your organs and seeing this in such a graphic way really made me think.
I can remember being given the advice to microwave a pork pie for 30 secs to see how much fat came out of it. The person who suggested I did this said it would put me off pork pies for life. They were right and you can do the same with a sausage roll but this seems all a bit trivial when you see the fat inside a body.
People who contributed to the show talking about their own weight problems had spoken about health problems but also lack of self esteem and confidence. Their courage to speak out was based on the worries they had about their health. When you were able to see the fat surrounding the organs in the the post mortem and in particular the impact on the liver it was terrifying.
The fact that 64% of the UK population are overweight or obese now and that is expected to rise to 75% by 2035 is really worrying. Particularly when we already know that 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese and that is just one of many health risks. You can add heart disease, stroke, cancer and liver failure.
If you have the stomach for it this documentary is worth a watch and if it inspires you do something about your own weight then I would be delighted to support you in that. You can contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see the programme at http://bbc.in/2cSCh4N