Kōrero: Body shape and dieting

After bariatric surgery

After bariatric surgery

In December 2003 former trade unionist Ken Douglas weighed 151 kilograms. Pictured here in 2007 with the trousers he used to wear, Douglas was diagnosed as having morbid obesity, a disease not controllable by diet or exercise. Faced with the likelihood of premature death, he opted to pay $20,000 for a form of gastric bypass operation known as 'stomach stapling'. He rapidly lost 68 kilograms, and after seeing the improvement in his health, was soon advocating that the government pay for operations for those who could not afford them.

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Fairfax NZ, Dominion Post
Reference: 622608865
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Caroline Daley, 'Body shape and dieting - Obesity and health concerns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/41408/after-bariatric-surgery (accessed 6 October 2022)

He kōrero nā Caroline Daley, i tāngia i te 5 Sep 2013