There is a small nucleus of unfortunate patients with pathological obesity, and they deserve our sympathy and help. But 54 per cent of men and 45 per cent of women in the UK are overweight - are they all sick? This "epidemic" has developed with affluence. Ordinary people call it "overindulgence", the unkind call it "greed" - but a disease it is not. Let us channel our precious resources into looking after those who are ill rather than those who overeat.
Hugh J Thomson