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Monday, November 28, 2005

Because fat people just deserve to suffer

Some obese Britons now ineligible for paid hip, knee replacements

Obese people in East Suffolk, England, will be denied hip and knee replacements paid for by the government.

New rules from the National Health Service say joint replacements will not be performed unless a patient has a body mass index of less than 30 and "conservative means have failed to alleviate the patient's pain and disability."

I'm trying really hard to figure out how this can mean anything but that fat people deserve to suffer.

Here's the thing about joint replacement surgery: it only becomes an option when the joint is so severely damaged that it can't be repaired. And you know what, damaged joints, get this, hurt. A lot. I would really like the people who formulated this asinine policy to explain to the people affected how they are supposed to lose weight when they're in so much pain they can barely walk, let alone get regular exercise.


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