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UK obesity-related admissions

Obesity-related UK hospital admissions increase by 18 per cent

Around two thirds of the admissions where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis4 in 2016/17 were for women (66 per cent)

According to the latest report from NHS Digital, 'Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet; England, 2018', there were 617,000 admissions to NHS hospitals in 2016/17 where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis, an increase on 525,000 admissions or 18 per cent reported in 2015/16. Of these, 10,705 admissions in 2016/17 had obesity recorded as the main cause - an increase on 9,929 admissions in 2015/16.

The 'Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet; England, 2018' is an annual compendium of new and previously published figures on obesity, including hospital admissions, prescription items, prevalence among adults and children as well as physical activity and diet.

The new figures from the Hospital Episodes Statistics dataset in the report show that:

  • Around two thirds of the admissions where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis4 in 2016/17 were for women (66 per cent)
  • There were 6,760 Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs) for bariatric surgery in 2016/17, a 5 per cent increase on 2015/16 (6,438)5. Of these, 77 per cent of the patients were female.
  • The number of items prescribed by primary care for obesity treatment decreased by 10 per cent in 2017 (401,000 items) on the previous year (449,000)6. The Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) also continues the same downward trend, falling from £9.9m in 2016 to £6.9m in 2017.

According to the Health Survey for England (2016), adult obesity prevalence stood at 26 per cent in 2016, having remained around this level since 2010.

To access the report from NHS Digital, 'Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet; England, 2018', please click here

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