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Obesity hospital admissions rise

25th February 2013

Data released by the NHS Information Centre has revealed that hospital admissions for obesity have increased substantially over the last decade.


The information showed admissions were eleven times higher over a ten year period and rose from 1,019 in 2001/02 to 11,736 in 2011/12.

The NHS Information Centre published Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England, 2013 which found the amount of people who had a "normal" body mass index fell between 1993-2011, from 41% to 34% in males and from 50% to 39% in females.

The North East Strategic Health Authority had the highest amount of admissions where obesity was the primary cause, with 56 per 100,000 population.

The number of people who had a "raised waist circumference" went up from 20% to 34% in males and from 26% to 47% in females during 1993-2011.

"Twice as many" women than men were admitted to hospital because of obesity and the overall number of obese people increased from 13% in 1993 to 24% in 2011 for men and from 16% to 26% for women. 

The report said 0.9 prescription items were issued to treat obesity in 2011, which showed a fall of 19% from 2010. 


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