Banding together to cut obesity

PROFESSOR Paul O’Brien has been a medical professional for more than 40 years. With this experience, he confidently states that there is no greater treatment than weight loss. 

“I‘ll bet you anything,” says the emeritus director of Monash University’s Centre for Obesity Research and Education. “Weight loss corrects so many diseases, from diabetes to hypertension to heart disease to sleep apnoea to back pain. In fact, I could give you a list of 30 diseases that are either made better or taken away completely by weight loss. 

“There is nothing more powerful.” 

Although Professor O’Brien now concentrates on treating people with significant weight issues, he has also treated hundreds of people with bowel cancer.

“I probably added some years to the lives of people with bowel cancer, but I didn’t change their quality of life because there was no loss of quality