Obesity-related hospital admissions 'increasing'

The number of hospital admissions that are related to obesity has increased substantially over the past decade.

This is according to recent figures published by the NHS Information Centre, which have revealed that in 2009 there were 10,720 obesity-related admissions, while in 1999, there were just 1,000.

Breathing difficulties, gastric bands and organ failures were among the reasons for the hospitalisations.

Maura Gillespie, head of policy and advocacy at the British Heart Foundation, commented: "These figures add to our concern about the UK's growing obesity epidemic.

"Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, which sadly remains the UK's single biggest killer."

Ms Gillespie added that poor diet and a lack of exercise are "often to blame" for obesity.

In order to over come this, she said that "it's vital people understand what's in the food they eat and that they need to do regular and aerobic physical activity to maintain a healthy weight".

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