Obe­sity ad­mis­sions putting pres­sure on health ser­vices

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Obe­sity re­lated hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions in Peter­bor­ough have soared over the last three years, the lat­est fig­ures show.

More pa­tients are be­ing ad­mit­ted for knee and hip re­place­ments due to their weight, as well as other obe­sity re­lated con­di­tions. There were 1,319 ad­mis­sions in 2016-17 where obe­sity was the main or sec­ondary di­ag­no­sis. That’s an in­crease of 561, or 74 per cent, from 2013-14, when NHS Dig­i­tal first started com­pil­ing the data for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. Ex­am­ples of obe­sity be­ing the main cause for a hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sion in­clude weight re­lated knee re­place­ments, while sec­ondary di­ag­noses, where obe­sity is a con­tribut­ing fac­tor, can be forms of cancer and heart con­di­tions. Car­o­line Cerny, Obe­sity Health Al­liance lead, said the fig­ures were very con­cern­ing.

“As weight in­creases, so do the chances of de­vel­op­ing se­ri­ous life threat­en­ing con­di­tions like Type 2 di­a­betes, heart dis­ease and cancer,” she ex­plained. “Deal­ing with ris­ing lev­els of dis­ease is putting an un­sus­tain­able strain on our al­ready over­stretched health ser­vice.”

A De­part­ment of Health and Social Care spokes­woman com­mented: “There’s no doubt that obe­sity fu­els dis­ease and puts pres­sure on the NHS.

“That’s why we’re working with in­dus­try to make food health­ier and fund­ing re­search into the root causes of obe­sity, but we have not ruled out do­ing more in the fu­ture if the right re­sults aren’t seen.”

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