The number of people admitted into hospital due to obesity soared by 60 per cent in the last year. The figure is even more startling when considered in the context of the last decade, during which time it has increased by nine times. The impact of the obesity epidemic is even more serious due to the increased likelihood of overweight people developing type 2 diabetes and in the longer-term diabetes complications .
The statistics were released by the NHS Information Centre. The National Obesity Forum were reported as saying: “The report highlights the impact of obesity on society and the NHS. The cost could cripple the NHS unless we do something serious about prevention.”
The number of patients having obesity surgery also soared, with procedures such as stomach stapling and gastric banding – known to influence type 2 diabetes – becoming more common. Although the Department of Health is focusing on preventing obesity, type 2 diabetes development is sure to rise as a result of the epidemic.

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