Over three million Britons are so fat they are eligible for obesity surgery, study finds

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More than three million people in England are so fat they need obesity surgery, a study warns.

Researchers have found that one in 14 adults is currently eligible for an anti-obesity procedure which can cost between £ 4,000 and £ 15,000 at a time.

The total bill could take the NHS down to £ 45 billion – more than a third of the total health services budget.

Over three million English people are overweight enough to qualify for bariatric surgery, sometimes called gastric bypass or “stomach stapling”. A band is fitted around the stomach to limit the amount of food the patient can eat. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends surgery for anyone with a body mass index greater than 40, such as a 5-foot-10-inch man who weighs 20 stones or a 5-foot-6-inch woman. of 18 stones (stock image)

The figures suggest that previous anti-obesity campaigns have failed to turn the tide on Britain’s expanding waistline.

They come just weeks after Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched a new campaign. This includes cutting free one-for-one offers on unhealthy food, banning candy displays at checkouts, and ending TV ads for foods high in fat, sugar and salt before. 21 hours.

The initiative was spurred by Mr Johnson’s experience in intensive care with the coronavirus. He admits he was “too fat” before his encounter with Covid-19 and studies indicate that overweight victims are at a much higher risk of serious complications.

Mr Johnson has since lost around a rock, in part taking morning runs with his dog Dilyn.

Obesity operations, known as weight loss surgery, limit the amount of food the stomach can hold by using a gastric band or sleeve or bypass that connects the upper part of the stomach. stomach to the small intestine.

Boris Johnson recently announced an anti-obesity campaign after admitting he was 'too fat' when admitted to hospital with coronavirus.  The new measures include reducing free one-for-one offers on unhealthy foods, banning candy displays at checkouts, and ending TV ads for foods high in fat, sugar and sugar. salt before 9 p.m. (stock image)

Boris Johnson recently announced an anti-obesity campaign after admitting he was ‘too fat’ when admitted to hospital with coronavirus. The new measures include reducing free one-for-one offers on unhealthy foods, banning candy displays at checkouts, and ending TV ads for foods high in fat, sugar and sugar. salt before 9 p.m. (stock image)

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter Dame Jenni Murray says she lost ten stones from a 24 stone spike thanks to a gastric sleeve

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends surgery for anyone with a body mass index over 40, such as a 5-foot-10-inch man who weighs 20 stones or a 5-foot-6-inch woman with 18 stones.

The surgery is also sanctioned for people with a BMI of 30 to 35 if they have type 2 diabetes. This includes men who are 5 feet 10 inches from 15 stones or women who are 5 feet 6 inches from 13.5 stones.

For the study, revealed in a report by the journal Obesity Surgery, doctors at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex and Watford General Hospital, Hertfordshire, used data from the England Health Survey to calculate that 7.3% of England’s adult population – 3.21 million people – qualify for bariatric operations.

European countries perform 10 times more weight loss surgeries than the UK, according to Sarah Le Brocq of the Obesity UK charity.  She says procedures are 'a proven treatment option' for obese people, but each surgery can cost between £ 4,000 and £ 15,000.  Less than 1% of eligible people have NHS-funded surgery of this type, but if everyone did the total bill would be £ 45bn (stock image)

European countries perform 10 times more weight loss surgeries than the UK, according to Sarah Le Brocq of the Obesity UK charity. She says the procedures are “a proven treatment option” for obese people, but each surgery can cost between £ 4,000 and £ 15,000. Less than 1% of eligible people have NHS-funded surgery of this type, but if everyone did the total bill would be £ 45bn (stock image)

But it’s estimated that less than 1% of those get one on the NHS – around 6,500 a year – and the team has called for more efforts to reduce the stigma around this type of surgery.

Sarah Le Brocq of the Obesity UK charity said: “Our European neighbors perform nearly ten times as many bariatric procedures. For people with severe obesity, this is a proven treatment option.

Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said using surgery as a last resort was “a huge mistake – studies show it pays for itself in two to three years.”

But University of Glasgow nutrition expert Mike Lean says mass surgery isn’t the answer.

“As soon as you make three million, there will be another three million. It could never stop, ”he warns. “Instead, we need really effective policies to prevent weight gain by reducing the high calorie intakes of fast food.

Obesity operations, known as weight loss surgery, limit the amount of food the stomach can hold by using a gastric band or sleeve or bypass that connects the upper part of the stomach. stomach to the small intestine.

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter Dame Jenni Murray said she lost ten stones on a 24 stone spike thanks to a gastric sleeve.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends surgery for anyone with a body mass index greater than 40, such as a 5-foot-10-inch man who weighs 20 stones or a 5-foot-6-inch woman with 18 stones.

The surgery is also sanctioned for people with a BMI of 30 to 35 if they have type 2 diabetes. This includes men 5 feet 10 inches from 15 stones or women 5 feet 6 inches from 13.5 stones.

For the study, revealed in a report by the journal Obesity Surgery, doctors at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex and Watford General Hospital, Hertfordshire, used data from the England Health Survey to calculate that 7.3% of England’s adult population – 3.21 million people – qualify for bariatric operations.

But it’s estimated that less than 1% of these get one on the NHS – around 6,500 a year – and the team has called for more efforts to reduce the stigma around this type of surgery.

Sarah Le Brocq of the Obesity UK charity said: “Our European neighbors perform nearly ten times as many bariatric procedures. For people with severe obesity, this is a proven treatment option.

Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said using surgery as a last resort was “a huge mistake – studies show it pays for itself in two to three years.”

But University of Glasgow nutrition expert Mike Lean says mass surgery isn’t the answer.

“As soon as you make three million, there will be another three million. It could never stop, ”he warns. “Instead, we need really effective policies to prevent weight gain by reducing the high calorie intakes of fast food.

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