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Bariatric surgery rates

More women have bariatric surgery in England

60 per cent of bariatric surgery patients were aged between 35 and 54

Women underwent 76 per cent of bariatric surgery procedures performed by NHS England during 2014-15, according to the latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). During 2014-15, 6,030 bariatric surgery procedures were recorded in total with 4,590 procedures carried out on women, compared to 1,440 for men. In 2013/-14, there were 6,384 bariatric surgery procedures, considerably down from the 8,794 procedure reported in 2011-12. The number of procedures does not include bariatric operations performed in private centres. Some 60 per cent of bariatric surgery patients were aged between 35 and 54.

The report found that the majority of hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity were for female patients - 6,630 which equates to 73 per cent, compared to 2,500 for men. Overall, 58 per cent of women and 65 per cent of men were overweight or obese and the prevalence of obesity has increased from 15 per cent in 1993 to 26 per cent in 2014. Morbid obesity, has tripled since 1993 from 1 per cent to 3 per cent. In 2014, almost 4 per cent of women were considered morbidly obese compared to 2 per cent of men.

Sunderland had the highest rate of hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity (135 per 100,000 of the population) across Local Authorities in 2014-15, and also the highest rate of inpatient bariatric surgery procedures (64 per 100,000 of the population).

In 2014, 519,000 items were prescribed for the treatment of obesity in primary care in England. That is 8 per cent fewer than in 2013 when 563,000 items were prescribed. Merseyside had the highest prescription rate of Orlistat (Xenical) - the main prescription item for treatment of obesity - at 17 items per 1,000 population, and Thames Valley the lowest rate at 5 per 1,000 population.

For more information, please visit the Health and Social Care Information Centre website here

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