Ex-PUP tells obese: You don't need surgery, just eat better

A Gold Coast MP has described gastric sleeve surgery as a "luxury item" and said people should not be accessing their superannuation to pay for it "because they can't give up something".

Former Palmer United Party Queensland leader Alex Douglas urged people to stop the super-sizing and leave their super untouched, saying cappuccinos should be sacrificed to save superannuation.

NEW START: Former LNP MP Alex Douglas plans to start his own political party. - Photo Contributed
Former PUP member Alex Douglas Contributed

His impassioned plea urges "obese Australians" to cut back "on their daily fix of coffee and weekly takeaway meals rather than tapping into their superannuation to pay for expensive weight-loss surgery".

"Rather than using superannuation as a last resort, people should be asking after they've had their second stubby of beer should they be having a third or fourth stubby, or after a piece of chocolate should they not stop before they eat the whole packet of chocolate?," he said in a statement.

"Whilst belonging to the individual, superannuation is for people to have sufficient income for their retirement without being dependent on the government for their day-to-day living.

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