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UK reviews medical care for obese patients

Experts question if overweight people who cost health service $8bn per year should receive state support.

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In the UK, over 60 percent of people are overweight. Medical experts say that obesity is a leading cause of preventable deaths which costs the health service almost $8bn every year.

Should people who refuse to stop smoking, another leading cause of diseases in the country, or who are grossly overweight receive medical support?

That is a question being asked increasingly in the UK, where the National Health Service is struggling to cope.

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from Blackpool.

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