Obesity Stopping Children from Leaving the House
That some children/ young adults have not left the house in nine years due to being obese shows what a damaging effect it can have on your life. That steps such as the new unit in Swansea are being created is a move in the right direction.
Obesity expert Mr Barry from the Morriston Hospital in Swansea has said that some of Britain’s obese children lead very lonely lives filled with fear.
Some children are so hurt and scared of bullies that they exist solely indoors, he also said "a lot of my patients tell me they feel quite embarrassed going anywhere and this just reinforces the problem.” He continued that some of his patients had claimed not to have left the house in nine years.
The Morriston Hospital in Swansea is a specialist unit for obesity, spending approx. £73 million a year in doing so. Having only opened less than two years ago and already having had over a thousand referrals shows that this was a greatly needed resource.
Furthermore with around 27% of children in the UK now considered overweight more of these specialist centers will be needed to help cope with and resolve the problem.
Original article can be found here: http://www.parentdish.co.uk/2012/07/17/obese-teen-so-embarrased-about-weight-has-not-left-home-nine-years/