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Obesity costs the NHS millions

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New research has revealed that a quarter of all British people are eating themselves to death- costing the NHS millions every year.

 

With more and more people indulging in fast food and sugary treats the obesity problem in the UK shows no signs of waning as people pile on the pounds and put their health at risk.

 

The NHS currently spends around £5 billion a year helping out people with weight problems and with obesity levels on the increase it's predicted the NHS can expect to spend up to £6.3billion by the year 2015.

 

In 2008 a staggering £45 million was spent by the NHS on specialist medical equipment which included super-size wheelchairs, reinforced beds and bigger operating tables.

 

Doctors across the UK have expressed fear over the obesity crisis with many worried that people are simply unaware of the health implications.  Not only does obesity raise the risk of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and depression but it can also shorten a person's life.

 

Studies reveal that around 30,000 deaths a year in England alone are caused by obesity and reports estimate that one in 11 deaths are attributable to being overweight.

 

And the old adage of 'eating for two' when a woman is pregnant could be doing more harm than good as research shows that overweight mothers are more likely to encounter complications at birth as well as running the risk of having overweight babies.

 

With one in four people in Britain now classed as clinically obese the UK is in danger of becoming the most obese nation in Europe and is set to take over from Greece who is the only other country in the Europe with a higher obesity rate than us.

 

Patients who want to lose weight can be assured they will receive a top class service with The Hospital Group.

 

The Hospital Group is the UK's biggest provider of weight loss surgery, including gastric bands, gastric bypasses and gastric balloons which can give you a healthier lifestyle.

 

David Ross, Chief Executive of The Hospital Group said: "There are a number of health afflictions associated with obesity which can seriously limit a person's work, social and personal life.

 

"Those who want to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle should consider a bariatric procedure, which can lead to dramatic weight loss and improve health.

 

"Those who come to The Hospital Group, can be assured of a dedicated, professional service, with astounding success rates and a limited waiting time. This latest news is just another reason to seek an effective weight loss solution with The Hospital Group."

Obesity surgery news : 17 August 2010