Obesity : A Huge Strain On The Nhs

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Obesity in the UK is proving to be a huge strain on the NHS, as individuals tend to have multiple comorbidities associated with being overweight. Bariatric surgery has been found to be an effective way of managing the financial strain by reducing the incidence of comorbidities in individuals’ post-surgical weight loss. Factors such as Human Rights Law, the NHS constitution and the Bioethical principals for good practice point to the benefits for all morbidly obese patients to be provided with bariatric surgery, however there are further opinions to suggest this is only treating the symptom and not the cause.

In the UK 26% of men and 24% of women are classed as obese with 2% of men and 4% of women classed as morbidly obese. Obesity is thought to be the fourth highest risk factor contributing to death affecting all social classes but is of higher incidence in socio-economically deprived groups and minorities.1,2 It is linked to increased risk of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and obstructive sleep apnoea with the cost to the NHS estimated to hit around £9.7bn by 2050.3,4

In an effort to reduce this strain on the NHS, bariatric surgery has been offered to facilitate weight loss in patients who are considered morbidly obese with a BMI above 40, or those with a BMI of 35+ with associated illnesses. It is usually only offered to patients who haven 't responded to other measures and can be offered as a first line treatment to patients with a…

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