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Obesity Sending 30 Percent More Brits to the Hospital

At what point can we say that we are honestly in an obesity crisis in the developed world? If there’s anything we humans are not so good at, it’s dealing with problems before they are palpable in our lives. Obesity isn’t a big deal… until you have a heart attack, or can’t get up the stairs without breaking a sweat or huffing and puffing.

Well, if you need anymore concrete evidence that obesity is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with in major changes on a micro and macro level, here’s some more disturbing news: hospital admissions in the UK for obesity are up 30 percent over the period of a year.

From 2009 to 2010 there were 10,571 NHS (National Health Service) hospital admission in the UK where obesity was the main reason the person was being treated. That was up from 7,988 in 2008 to 2009. For an even more stunning contrast, comparing the most recent statistics to obesity-related hospitalizations in 1999 to 2000, the number has grown by about 1,000 percent!

To show how dire the situation is, weight loss surgery is growing at an even bigger rate. Gastric band procedures has skyrocketed by 70 percent. Weight loss prescriptions have also grown, by more than 1,100 percent since 1999.

(via: Yahoo! News)

February 25th, 2011

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