A rising number of
people in the UK are undergoing bariatric surgery
, according to new figures.
Statistics from the NHS Information Centre show that the number of people
having weight loss stomach surgery rose to 8,087 in 2010/11 - an increase of 12
per cent on the previous year.
This means that in the past ten years, there has been a 30-fold increase in the
number of operations.
The report also revealed that the number of female hospital admissions with a
primary diagnosis of obesity was 8,654 last year - a figure that was nearly
three times higher than the number of male admissions (2,919).
People in the East Midlands were the most likely to have the bariatric
procedures, which involve reducing the capacity of the stomach.
Chief executive of the NHS Information Centre Tim Straughan said: "The
report charts the growing impact of obesity on both people's health and NHS
resources. It also examines changes in physical activity and diet."
He suggested that health professionals should become acquainted with the
regional variations in the data.
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Obesity surgery news : 24 July 2012