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Obesity admissions rise

24th February 2011

Obesity-related admissions to hospitals in England have risen by 30% in the past 12 months.

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has also advised that more cases of serious obesity should be treated in hospital, a move which coincided with changes in the way hospital procedures are recorded.

And while more obesity-related operations appear in the statistics, there is a suggestion the rise in adult obesity rates may be levelling out.

NHS Information Centre figures also show the number of bariatric operations carried out in England rose by 70%, from just over 4,200 in 2008/09 to just over 7,200 in 2009/10 with the majority (80%) carried out on women.

The report also indicated that between 2008 and 2009, the percentage of obese fell from 24% to 22% for men and 25% to 24% for women.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: “Hospital admissions in the last financial year topped 10,000 for the first time, while bariatric procedures passed 7,000.”

The Department of Health said the government is introducing a new approach to tackling obesity.

A spokesman said: “It sets out our plans to introduce ring-fenced public health budgets and give local councils new powers to drive improvements. In addition, through our partnership agreements with the voluntary sector and industry, we have moved further, faster to ban trans fats, reduce salt and put calories on menus.”

However, the National Obesity Forum feared that hospital admission rates could continue to rise and said the government needed to sharpen its focus on obesity.

 

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