Debbie Rugg
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Should the NHS pay for weight-loss schemes?

Debbie Rugg, 22, from Somerset, dropped from a size 20 to a size 12 after being referred by her doctor to a private weight-loss scheme.

A five-year study by Slimming World found more than two thirds of the 35,000 people on a 12-week course lost about a stone during that period.

However, some health groups have criticised the government for using private weight-loss organisations.

GP Rosemary Leonard and Mel Stubbings, from WeightWatchers International, debate whether the NHS should pay for weight-loss schemes.

Hear WeightWatchers President Mel Stubbing on Radio 4's You and Yours

  • 23 May 2011