10 Statistics That Sum Up the UK’s Obesity Epidemic

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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 itso 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. 

63,000: The number of UK adults who’s BMI (body mass index) exceeds 40 every year.

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3,300,000: The number of people in the UK with Type 2 Diabetes as result of their weight
2,600,000: The number of people in the UK eligible for weight loss surgery using government’s (NIHCE) guidelines
5,084: The total number of weight loss procedures done in the NHS in 2016
12-24 months: The period people need to be treated by an NHS secondary care team before they can be referred for NHS surgery
25%: The percentage of UK adults who are classified as obese
2nd: The UK has the second highest obesity rate in Europe
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
0: The number of NHS weight loss procedures done in Northern Ireland
25-35%: The average body weight lost one year after surgery for patients who are severely obese
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Martyn Berrett

Martyn is the former MD of Healthier Weight. Throughout his tenure he observed many bariatric procedures and took part in several research projects so has a unique perspective on all things weight loss.

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