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Weight rule on surgery is 'putting off inevitable'

5 July 2013 Last updated at 14:58 BST

A health board has been criticised for insisting seriously obese people to go on a weight reduction programme before undertaking non-urgent surgery.

The National Obesity Forum said the policy is expensive and could yield few benefits.

Smokers will also need to complete a course on stopping.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board's director of public health, Dr Sharon Hopkins, said improving weight before an operation gives a better outcome.

But Tam Fry speaking on behalf of the obesity forum, says the money for courses could be better spent.

Pre-surgery weight courses criticism