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Britain's obesity crisis- NHS weight loss operations rise by 12 per cent in a year

Published on 23/02/2012

A new report shows that the number of weight loss operations performed on the NHS in England has risen by 12 per cent in a year.

A report from the NHS Information Centre revealed that 8,087 weight-loss stomach procedures were performed in 2010-11, up from 7,214 in 2009-10.

Watch those scales- having a BMI of over 30 is classed as being clinically obese

The figures also show a 30-fold increase in the number of these surgeries since 2000-01, when just 261 operations were performed.

Today's report also found a dramatic rise in the number of hospital admissions for patients whose main diagnosis was obesity. Over the last decade, these admissions have risen from 1,054 in 2000/01 to 11,574 in 2010/11.

A recent survey of more than one million people in the U.S, carried out by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, found that obesity does not just increase the risk of health problems like diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and cancer, but it is also a cause of chronic pain.

Obesity is defined as a BMI of over 30. The results of the survey, published in the journal Obesity, show that the higher a person’s BMI, the more likely that the person will experience pain on a daily basis.

The survey showed that 44.1 per cent of people with a BMI of 40 or higher experience chronic daily pain, 34.7 per cent of people with a BMI between 35 and 40, and 27.7 per cent of people with a BMI of 30 to 35.

In addition, nearly 22 per cent of people who are classed as overweight with a BMI of 25 to 29 also experience daily pain.

Even after accounting for diseases that may cause chronic pain, the link between pain and obesity still held true. Researchers say that inflammation and pain are linked with processes triggered by excess fat in the body.

A recent study published in the Lancet Journal warned that almost half of British men and 4 in 10 women could be clinically obese within 20 years. The rising figure is estimated to cost the NHS an extra £2 billion a year.

Chronic conditions will not be covered by private medical insurance. However, some health insurers do offer discounted gym memberships and incentives for eating fruit and vegetables, to try and improve the nation’s health. Compare health insurance online now to find a quote online.

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