25 February 2011
The number of people being admitted to hospital for obesity-related reasons is on the rise.
According to new NHS statistics, the number of people attending hospital with obesity-related issues climbed by 30 per cent.
This is despite the fact that actual levels of obesity in England appear to be leveling off.
The NHS Information Centre's Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England, 2011 report shows that a quarter of adults can be classified as obese, while 44 per cent of men and 33 per cent of women are considered overweight.
The figures could explain the rise in popularity of weight loss procedures - including gastric band surgery.
However, the research results were not all bad. Almost a quarter of adults said they took part in exercise at least 11 days per month and people are eating much less saturated fat, trans fat and added sugar than they were a decade ago.
Obesity has a huge number of health implications. Recently Arthritis Research UK claimed that carrying excess weight can dramatically reduce the life expectancy of joint replacement components.
1 "Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England, 2011". NHS Information Centre. Thursday, February 24th 2011.
2 Sridhar, Michael et al. "Does Obesity Cause Irreparable Damage To Knees Despite Weight Loss?". 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Tuesday, February 15th 2011.
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