13 June 2013
According to the latest NHS admission figures, four times more children have been hospitalised for problems caused by obesity. The most recent data from 2009 shows 3,806 children needed medical treatment for weight-related conditions - that’s four times the amount from 2000, when 872 were admitted to the hospital for the same reason.
Doctors say excessive weight is causing a rise in asthma, type two diabetes and sleep apnoea cases. Figures suggest young girls aged 15 to 19 suffer more serious side effects as a result of being overweight or obese. Girls accounted for approximately 55 per cent of hospital admissions.
As a result, more children are having bariatric surgery or gastric bypass procedures to reduce their stomach size and appetite.
Lead researcher, Dr Sonia Saxena, said: “The figures are alarming. This is no longer a ticking obesity timebomb – it has exploded. It is no longer obese adults that should be the sole focus of our concerns.”
Posted by Philip Briggs
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