Perhaps there was some confusion and clearly there was some distress caused, when Mr White took his daughter Alicia to see his GP as reported in the Monday edition of the Star, but it reads that much of what was said was with the best of intentions, from a caring, honest professional.
It is alarming that the number of obese adults in the UK is forecast to rise by 73 per cent over the next 20 years to more than 26 million people.
Obesity no longer just affects older people as increasing numbers of young people have been diagnosed with it.
Statistics from the most recent large-scale survey in the UK shockingly reveal that 25 per cent of boys and 33 per cent of girls aged between two and 19 are overweight or obese – and there’s little sign the incidence is slowing.
Added to this is the worrying fact that the links between type 2 diabetes and obesity are now firmly established.
Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in people over 40, but it is also increasingly becoming more common in children, adolescents and young people.
It generally occurs when the body fails to produce sufficient insulin, with the result that glucose levels slowly rise in the body undetected for many years, causing serious complications later.
It is therefore essential that those who could be at risk take adequate steps to prevent this affliction, hence the doctor’s concern about Alicia.
From the article, Mr. White and Lesley Bagnall were clearly very concerned about Alicia, to the point where they were prepared to make their complaint public as well as lodging an official complaint with NHS bosses.
Alicia “has been plagued by a number of medical issues and undergone several operations in her life”, so perhaps if they were to have taken one step back from this unfortunate incident they might have expressed their thanks to this GP for caring about her future health, particularly as she has had so much input from the many other medical professionals who have helped her in the past.
Colin Levesley, Rotherham