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Should obese people be provided with the same access to treatment as others?

Should obese people be provided with the same access to treatment as others?

It has been argued that where a person’s behaviour has contributed to their health care issues (e.g. obesity) they should not have the same access to health care or treatment as other people. 

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics recommend that 'It would generally be inappropriate to deny NHS treatment to people simply on the basis of their obesity. However, persuading them to change their behaviour could be justified, provided that this would make the medical intervention more effective and that they were offered assistance' .

Further reading

Nuffield Council on Bioethics (nd) Obesity. Available at http://nuffieldbioethics.org/report/public-health-2/obesity

It is proposed that obese people should be provided with the same access to treatment as others.