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10 Statistics that sum up the UK’s Obesity Epidemic

The NHS will deny non-urgent surgery to obese patients
The NHS will deny non-urgent surgery to obese patients
There is a lot of talk about the UK’s obesity epidemic in the news, we hear something on it every week. The problem is that we hear it so often we can easily switch off and miss the important points. On this page we pull together what we consider to be the 10 key statistics* that show the scale of the problem in a way that people can relate to.

  1. 63,000: The number of UK adults who’s BMI (body mass index) exceeds 40 every year. Calculate your BMI here
  2. 3,300,000: The number of people in the UK with Type 2 Diabetes as result of their weight
  3. 2,600,000: The number of people in the UK eligible for weight loss surgery using government’s (NIHCE) guidelines
  4. 5,084: The total number of weight loss procedures done in the NHS in 2016
  5. 12-24 months: The period people need to be treated by an NHS secondary care team before they can be referred for NHS surgery
  6. 25%: The percentage of UK adults who are classified as obese
  7. 2nd: The UK has the second highest obesity rate in Europe
  8. 8: You are 8 times as likely to have a government (NHS) funded weight loss surgery procedure in Sweden as you are in the UK
  9. 0: The number of NHS weight loss procedures done in Northern Ireland
  10. 25-35%: The average body weight lost one year after surgery for patients who are severely obese

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If we extend the NIHCE criteria to those people who are eligible for a private procedure, we estimate the number to be approximately 12,000,000.

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*Data taken from ‘thebmj.com’, ‘Why the NHS should do more Bariatric Surgery’. Welbourne et al 2016

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