Obesity surgery soars by 40%

The number of people in England having obesity surgery has soared by 40% in the last year, according to the NHS Information Centre.

The latest figures show that there were 2,724 operations, including stomach stapling and gastric bypasses, among adults and children in 2007/8.

The overall number of hospital admissions for obesity increased by 30% from 3,862 admissions in 2006/7 to 5,018 admissions in 2007/8.

Commenting on the findings, Conservative shadow health secretary, Andrew Lansley, said: ‘We need urgent action to tackle Britain's ticking obesity time bomb.

‘These statistics show that obesity-related treatments are already putting huge pressure on an already overstretched NHS and on current trends this is set to get progressively worse.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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