Official NHS figures have shown the full cost of obesity to the NHS and revealed some shocking statistics:
- Over 10,000 patients were admitted to NHS hospitals in 2010 due to obesity
- A rise of 30% year on year
- In addition, over 7,000 needed weight loss surgery
- 70% increase year on year in those needing an operation
- Obesity costs the NHS around £4.2 billion per year
- The majority of this is incurred by treating associated illnesses such as diabetes, breathing difficulties or blood pressure
- 60% of the population is now classified as obese or overweight
The NHS is just not equipped to cope with the rising tide of obesity and strict criteria are in place for those seeking treatment on the NHS. Patients must have:
- BMI over 40 OR BMI 30-40 with a co-morbidity (obesity-related illness)
- Must show genuine efforts to lose weight conventionally i.e. diet/exercise without success
- Commit to diet and exercise after any procedure
However, the “postcode lottery” means that thousands of patients are unable to get treatment due to failing to meet the criteria, insufficient funding or lengthy waiting lists.
The Hospital Group is the UK’s leading provider of private weight loss surgery, offering gastric bands, bypasses, sleeves and balloons. The Group has seen enquiries for weight loss procedures grow consistently year on year.
David Ross, CEO of The Hospital Group, said “The media is doing a good job of raising awareness of the obesity problem in the UK, but there is simply not enough funding to tackle it.
"We have thousands of enquiries every year for weight loss procedures from patients who know they need help to lose weight in order to cure the obesity-related conditions such as diabetes.
"Our team have a remarkable success rate – 99% of our patients lose weight with a gastric band and many are “cured” from obesity-related conditions as the weight starts to come off.
"We welcome enquiries and our team of experts will offer expert confidential advice on whether a weight loss procedure is the right option and what sort of results could be expected.”