British obesity soars as one in 12 now qualify for gastric band

Obesity levels have doubled in Britain over the last 10 years, with one in 12 people now sufficiently overweight to be considered for gastric banding, according to research by Nuffield Health.

The study, conducted amongst 2,023 adults, found that 23% of the British population have a BMI that classifies them as obese. In 1999, just 11% of the population was obese.

The research also found that one in five people who are obese are not contemplating any form of weight-loss action.

Commenting on the findings shadow health secretary, Andrew Lansley, said: ‘We urgently need action now to tackle Britain’s ticking obesity time-bomb.  That means all of us taking more responsibility for our lifestyles and government doing what it can to help us make the right choices.’

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