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Fight against obesity gets harder as public clinics struggle to meet demand

Western Sydney local Jackie Moore was one of the clinic’s first patients, and at her heaviest, weighing 212 kilograms, she struggled to do basic daily tasks.

“It spiralled very quickly, and my friends and family became very concerned. I was almost a hermit, it was a chore to even get dressed,” she said.

“Everywhere I went, I was short of breath, and it was painful just to walk. All my clothes were tight and uncomfortable.”

Jackie’s rapid weight gain is alarming but she’s certainly not alone - according to the AIHW, more than 60 percent of Australian adults are overweight or obese, and that number rises steadily each year.

Within four years, Jackie put on 30 kilograms, and it would take a health scare to give her the wakeup call she needed to call in expert help from the Nepean clinic.

Jackie needed surgery for a separate health complication, but when she saw her doctors hesitating about the safety of operating, due to her size, she knew she needed help with managing her weight.