21 February 2013
The number of obese people in England coming into hospital for weight loss surgery rose by nine per cent last year, figures show.
A study by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) found hospitals recorded 8,790 inpatient bariatric surgery procedures, up from 8,090 in 2010/11 and four times as many as in 2006/07 (1,950).
Bariatric surgery are procedures performed to help weight loss and include gastric band surgery and gastric balloon treatment.
The HSCIC data show that women account for the majority of weight loss procedures, with 6,710 women having bariatric surgery in 2011/12 compared to 2,080 men.
Hospitals also reported 11,740 inpatient admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity in 2011/12, triple the number recorded five years earlier (3,860).
The study shows just how much of a problem obesity is in England, with 58 per cent of women and 65 per cent of men classed as either overweight or obese in 2011.
HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said: "Based on the Body Mass Index measurement, the proportion of adults estimated to be of a normal weight has dropped substantially since this report's time series began in 1993.
"This data, along with the breadth of other obesity related information in this report, will be of interest to the public as well as health professionals and policy makers."
Posted by Edward Bartel
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