Fight The Fat Before It Tries To Fight You!

Submitted by: David Snape Cosmetic

Obesity puts 30 a day in hospital as number undergoing surgery trebles in four years

Obesity is a term which was barely heard of around 10 years ago but is currently becoming the hottest topic surrounding the NHS. Obesity is a medical term used to describe excessive or abnormal body fat accumulation which is often connected with increased health risks. Obesity also can affect the lives of family members and is a huge strain on the NHS, and with numbers of obesity related cases on the NHS growing by the week it is becoming the fat that is fighting back.

Numbers from the NHS reveal that in 2010/2011, 11,574 people were taken to hospital with an obesity related problem. This is an increase of 1,003 from 2009/10.

Obesity causes various conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides), strokes and many other conditions. Almost a quarter of UK adults have been diagnosed as obese and experts have predicted that over the next ten years this will increase to 40% of adults. This is an increasing problem within society and with Britain being deemed Fastest Country in Europe and the fifth most overweight in the world; it is becoming more evident that overweight/obese people must start fighting back.

Currently only the most obese patients with a body mass index over 35 can have obesity surgery on the NHS. This is equal to a 5ft 5 woman who weighs 15 stone and a 6ft man who weighs 18 and a half stone. However obesity related problems clog up much of the NHS budget, time and staff in treatment these issues. Direct costs of obesity in the NHS are estimated to be 5.1 billion per year. (Department of health 2011) . Many experts believe that preventive measures need to be put in place to give support and if needed treatment to those needing to lose weight.

“The NHS is gradually gearing up to meet the challenge of making bariatric surgery available. This service however finds itself competing with a range of other demands on the available resources and as a result the provision falls short of what many would consider to be ideal. It is perhaps not surprising that many patients seek private care rather than wait to be considered for surgery.”. said Dr David Galloway, specialist in gastrointestinal surgery at Gartnavel General Hospital and Western Infirmary in Glasgow

With the NHS restricted to the amount of care/services they can supply, the importance of private health care clinics has grown. With growing demand for treatments such as gastric bands and balloons more and more private hospitals are supplying these procedures. This means competitive prices allowing customers to get quality treatments at value prices. This gives the UK population the opportunity to fight their fat before it tries to fight them!

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