‘We will need factories to cut off people’s toes’

Diabetes threatens to overwhelm western Sydney hospitals as obesity epidemic rages.
The rising tsunami of diabetes in Sydney’s western suburbs will overwhelm hospitals within 15 years and specialist factories will need to be built to perform amputations.

This is the warning of Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Danny O’Connor, who said the bloating of the local population over the past 20 years has created a disaster in waiting that can only be averted by urgent preventative action.

About 300,000 of the one million people living in western Sydney are conservatively estimated to have diabetes or be at high risk, with more than half the population of Auburn, Blacktown, Holroyd, Parramatta and the Hills District overweight.

Read Article by Harriet Alexander (SMH)