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.