Being open about having diabetes is also so important. As an actress, I used to not tell people on set that I had Type 1 diabetes because I didn't want to be seen as being difficult. But now I am more open and talk about my experience of the condition as I want to show other young people that it doesn't have to stop you following your dreams.
The rising "obesity and diabetes epidemic" and weight-loss surgery are rarely away from our newspaper headlines and TV screens. As a weight-loss surgeon I frequently encounter hostile reactions from other clinicians and even patients themselves arguing against the very concept of weight-loss surgery.