Reports show that there are now a staggering 5.5million Brits on the official obesity register according to GPs, a worrying eight per cent increase on last year’s figures.
With no signs of slowing down, the obesity epidemic in the United Kingdom looks as though it is here to stay with clothing retailers now catering to people who are severely over weight.
Supersized suits are now available on the high street with sizes up to XXXXL. The suits are so big that two large adults can squeeze into them.
The release of this off-the-peg suit has sparked concerns amongst health professionals who believe the clothing highlights the horrifying reality of the obesity epidemic in the UK.
Concerned experts fear the public health implications are huge and that it’s going to take a generation more to tackle the worsening crisis.
Cirian-Marie Beddoes, Head of Weight Management Services at The Hospital Group, said: “People who are concerned about their health and weight can come to The Hospital Group for a consultation with one of our weight loss experts who can recommend the best course of action. If a patient is suitable they can go to an appointment with a bariatric surgeon who will advise the patient on the best options for them and help them to achieve a safer weight and much healthier lifestyle.”
The Hospital Group is the UK’s biggest provider of weight loss surgery, including gastric bands, gastric bypasses and gastric balloons.
David Ross, Chief Executive of The Hospital Group said: “Being overweight can put a serious strain on a person’s health. Those who are severely overweight put themselves at risk of heart problems, high blood pressure and strokes as well as diabetes and in some cases severe depression. Not only does being overweight have a huge impact on your health but it can also impact a person’s confidence and self esteem which can cause their social life to suffer too.
“Bariatric surgery is by no means a quick fix or easy option but it can give long lasting results which can give a patient their life and also their health back allowing them to live a much fuller lifestyle with greater confidence and self esteem. At The Hospital group our consultants ensure that, as well as having an absolute need for a gastric procedure, the patient understands that weight loss surgery isn’t a miracle cure and they would need to work with the band to achieve the healthier lifestyle they desire.”