UK Patient Admissions Up For Obesity Related Treatments
Hospitals have seen a large rise in patients wanting treatment for obesity and obesity related diseases. The figures from the report are disturbing and may sound alarm bells in the government’s health departments who are all under extreme financial pressure to save money.
The report that was published on the 24 Feb by the NHS Information Centre and was also released by the Press Association showed that the number of people admitted for obesity in 2009/10 was 30% higher than in the previous year with 10,571 admissions.
The treatment required for these admissions included operations that helped the patient lose weight such as bariatric surgery which involves the fitting of a gastric band. Thousand of other patients on top of these operations have been prescribed weight loss pills in the hope that this will solve this lifestyle problem.
The current obesity levels for the UK which were published by the National Obesity Forum are 22% for men and 24% for women. Nearly half the population of men are regarded as overweight at 44% and 33% for women.