Weight Loss Ward

Wednesday, 19 December 2012, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

One of the UK’s biggest and busiest obesity units has opened its doors to allow an exclusive insight into their battle with the bulge.

Sunderland Royal Hospital is at the heart of one of the fattest places in the country and the Weight Loss Ward is like a conveyor belt with thousands of patients turning to the knife to beat their obesity. But does it work?

43-year-old Deborah Salkeld weighs in at 36 stone. She piled on the weight after her brother committed suicide thirteen years ago. After years of being stuck in her bedroom, with depression and over-eating, she’s facing life changing gastric surgery: “the longer it went on the harder it was for me to come out…for seven months I didn’t see anyone…I need this surgery to have a life”.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

One of the UK’s biggest and busiest obesity units has opened its doors to allow an exclusive insight into their battle with the bulge.
Sunderland Royal Hospital is at the heart of one of the fattest places in the country and the Weight Loss Ward is like a conveyor belt with thousands of patients turning to the knife to beat their obesity. But before they go under the knife they need to come to terms with why they’re overeating.

At 47 stone, 29-year-old Terry is one of the biggest patient the unit has ever treated. He’s been housebound for over a year and he’s being admitted to the Weight Loss ward for an indefinite stay “we’re bringing him in to get him to confront his addictive behaviour, he’s almost pathologically obese but why?

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