There is a growing bank of evidence that weight, or BMI, should not dictate how ill someone is deemed to be.
It almost felt coercive – like if I lose the weight then I can have the surgery I need, even if I'm already fit and healthy and not looking to go on a diet out of choice.
Healthcare providers actually spend less time with larger bodied patients, because they stereotype those individuals as being non-compliant or lazy.
As Katherine notes: "Waging a war on fatness will not improve health. Rather, focusing on positive health behaviours and taking the microscope off of body weight and size is a positive alternative approach." That looks largely impossible unless the NHS gets the right amount of funding and there is an overhaul in how patients are treated.