Fat doctors 'should be struck off for setting a bad example to their obese patients', weight-loss expert tells NHS chief

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  • TV presenter Steve Miller says doctors should face annual weight tests
  • Fat doctors should be sacked and forced to lose weight to return to work  
  • Patients do not take advice about weight loss seriously if it comes from a doctor the 'size of a sumo wrestler', he said 
  • Has written to NHS chief executive Simon Stevens asking him to 'get tough' on obese GPs who set a poor example for patients

Overweight doctors should be struck off and banned from practising on the NHS, a weight-loss expert.

Steve Miller, presenter of the TV show Fat Families, told MailOnline family doctors should be fired and told to lose weight if they pile on the pounds.

The move is one of a raft of measures Mr Miller believes the NHS should introduce to combat the obesity epidemic.

He has written to NHS chief executive Simon Stevens, calling on him to get tough on obese GP's who set a poor example to their patients.

He wants family doctors to face an annual medical examination including a weigh-in to ensure they maintain a healthy body weight.

Any doctors whose weight to height measurements stray into the obese zone would have to agree to pay to attend a privately funded GP boot camp to shed the pounds, he suggested.

And an obese GP who refused to take part in the boot camp or to sign up for a personal training programme at their own expense, should face disciplinary action and ultimately be struck off if they didn't bring their weight back under control, he added.

NHS England says it already has a target to reduce sickness, including obesity, among its staff.

To do this, it is introducing voluntary weight-watching schemes for NHS workers, as well as encouraging active travel to work and banning unhealthy products in hospitals.

But Mr Miller said there should be harsher consequences for overweight doctors as they are in positions of responsibility.

He said: 'Doctors are role models for their patients and that means setting a good example in their actions as well as their words.

'But there are far too many overweight and obese doctors sitting behind desks in surgeries across the UK.

Doctors should be forced to face an annual medical examination including a weigh-in to ensure they maintain a healthy body weight, Mr Miller argues (file photo)

He said he had written to Mr Stevens in a desperate bid to urge him to get tough on obesity within the medical profession.

'Simon Stevens needs to acknowledge the dangers of obesity and its acceptance in this country,' he told MailOnline.

'We need to take action and I'm willing to step up if he will.

'The sooner we start speaking out, the sooner we start saving lives. Isn't that the purpose of the NHS?

'It needs to start within the medical profession. 

'Once they bring their own house in order then perhaps we have a chance of stemming the ever increasing tide of the obesity epidemic.'

He added: 'GPs have a responsibility to manage their weight. 

'No patient deserves to be advised by a fat GP who is lazier than they are.

'Overweight docs need to get their mind over the platter. They need to be hypnotised fast so they can lose weight and be an inspiration to obese patients.

'Fat GPs are a shockingly bad example to kids. Child obesity is out of control and a fat doctor does nothing to motivate overweight kids to slim down.

'Every GP needs to look in the mirror. If they see a fat bulge, they need to realise they will be perceived as a joke and their advice ignored.'

NHS England said it has a target to reduce sickness among staff, including obesity, by a third, which could save £550 million, the equivalent of adding an extra 15,000 staff and 3.3 million working days.

To do this, it will measure staff health and wellbeing, and introduce voluntary work-based weight watching and health schemes.

Studies have shown these schemes achieve sustainable weight loss in more than a third of people who take part.

It will also cut access to unhealthy products on NHS premises and provide healthy options for night staff and support active travel schemes for staff. 

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