NHS report: Obesity-related hospital admissions on the rise

Obesity-related hospital admissions on the rise, says NHS

There were 711,000 obesity-related hospital admissions in England in 2017/18

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Obesity-related hospital admissions in England have increased, according to a recent NHS Digital report.

There were 711,000 hospital admissions in 2017/18 for which obesity was recorded as the first or second reason for admittance, up from 617,000 the year before.

The new obesity report, published by NHS Digital, showed that the national admission rate where obesity was a factor was 1,323 per 100,000 people with the peak age for obesity related admissions at 45 to 54-years-old.

Public Health Minister Seema Kennedy said: "This data shines a light on the devastating consequences of obesity, both for individuals and for the NHS.

"Prevention is always better than a cure and we are already taking action to protect the health of our next generation, with plans to reduce children's exposure to sugary and fatty foods and get them moving more in school each day.

"I am committed to reversing these worrying trends and we will be exploring other solutions through our prevention Green Paper later this year."

Admissions where obesity was a secondary reason were often related to joint problems or health issues in pregnancy where the woman was obese.

Other diagnoses contributed to by obesity were gallstones and heart disease.

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