Shaw Somers, bariatric surgeon at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, investigates the problems that obesity creates for the UK health service and what solutions should be exercised

Professor David Haslam, GP and Chair of the National Obesity Forum explores the wider financial costs associated with obesity and how cost-effective it is to manage the condition

If we are to avoid the huge cost burden obesity places on the NHS, medical prevention and management must be adopted as central strategies. Written by Neville Rigby and David Haslam, National Obesity Forum

If we are to lessen the financial strain of obesity on the NHS, more needs to be done to target those who are already obese

Aside from the worrying death toll caused by obesity-related illnesses, obesity imposes a real heavy economic burden