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15 percent increase in obesity-related hospital admissions in England

There were more than 700,000 obesity-related hospital admissions in England in 2017/18, an increase of 94,000 on the previous year, according to a report from NHS Digital. The ‘Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England, 2019’ report revealed that there were 10,660 admissions because of obesity directly, of which 6,627 were for bariatric surgery. Those numbers were not much different from the previous year, however there was a 15% rise in the number of admissions for obesity-related illnesses.

Very low-calorie diets trialled by NHS to tackle diabetes

Hundreds of thousands of people in the England will receive NHS help to battle obesity and type 2 diabetes in a programme that will not only improve the health of patients but also save the NHS money that can be reinvested in frontline care. Currently, the health service in England spends around 10 percent of its budget on treating diabetes.

More women have bariatric surgery in England

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.

Obesity impact is the same as smoking

The BBC has reported that the chief executive of NHS England, Mr Simon Stevens, has said obesity is the new smoking in terms of the impact on health and the cost to the NHS. He added that if obesity rates kept rising it could even threaten the sustainability of the health service.

Emergency bariatric admissions have significant implications

The National Health Service in the UK will face an increasing number of patients presenting with bariatric emergencies and is unprepared, according to two studies presented at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society in Leamington Spa, UK, from 22 – 24 January.

The first study from researchers at Scarborough Hospital, Scarborough, UK, examined the issue of bariatric patients presenting with abdominal emergencies at a district general hospital that does not have an in-house bariatric surgical service.

Obesity hospitalisations and operations soar in England

The number of people admitted to hospital in England due to their obesity has tripled in five years, while the number of publicly-funded bariatric procedures has increased almost ninefold over the same period, according to new government figures.

NHS must change to deal with rising obesity cases

The NHS must adapt in order to manage the increasing numbers of patients presenting with severe complex obesity, according to a new report from the UK’s Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

The warning comes as the cost of dealing with the adverse consequences of obesity is estimated to be £5 billion per year with obesity rates in the UK among the highest in the world. It is estimated that the majority of Britain’s population will be obese by 2050.

First NHS mandate neglects obesity

The UK’s Department of Health have released the first National Health Service Mandate, a document which sets out the government’s vision for the health service over the next two and a half years.

However, the 29-page document fails to mention obesity once.

“The Department of Health has become far more politically controlled with this government. Decisions are made on the basis of political philosophy, not facts or the accumulated wisdom of expert analyses.” Professor Philip James, president, IASO

UK report shows disparities in bariatric surgery provision

According to a new report from the UK’s NHS Information Centre, there are still inequalities in bariatric care depending on a patient’s location, rather than need.

Access to bariatric surgery unfair and unethical

At a recent conference hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) in the UK, senior bariatric surgeons have blasted access to National Health Service (NHS) weight-loss surgery as ‘inconsistent, unethical and completely dependent on geographical location’. The criticisms were voiced following the publication of an anonymous survey of UK bariatric surgeons.

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