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Three quarters of inpatient bariatric surgery procedures performed on women

23 May, 2016

Women underwent 76 per cent of bariatric surgery procedures performed by the NHS during 2014-15, according to the latest figures released by NHS Digital.

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Women underwent 76 per cent of bariatric surgery procedures performed by the NHS during 2014-15, according to the latest figures released by NHS Digital.

During 2014-15, 6,030 bariatric surgery procedures were recorded in total with 4,590 procedures carried out on women, compared to 1,440 for men.

The majority of hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity were for female patients - 6,630 which equates to 73 per cent, compared to 2,500 for men.

Overall, 58 per cent of women and 65 per cent of men were overweight or obese and the prevalence of obesity has increased from 15 per cent in 1993 to 26 per cent in 2014.

Morbid obesity, one of the conditions for which bariatric surgery may be considered, has tripled since 1993 from 1 per cent to 3 per cent. In 2014, almost 4 per cent of women were considered morbidly obese compared to 2 per cent of men.

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England 2016 presents a range of information from a variety of recent publications and new analyses not previously published. Some of the insights from the report include:

  • Sunderland had the highest rate of hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity (135 per 100,000 of the population) across Local Authorities in 2014-15, and also the highest rate of inpatient bariatric surgery procedures (64 per 100,000 of the population).
  • In 2014-15, 36 per cent of adults (16+) played sport at least once a week6, with 18 per cent of adults taking part on three or more occasions. 57 per cent had not taken part in any sport in the 28 days prior to being surveyed.
  • More than 1 in 5 children in reception year (aged 4-5) and 1 in 3 children in Year 6 (aged 10-11) were measured as being obese or overweight in 2014-15. In both age groups, children in the most deprived areas were twice as likely to be obese as children in least deprived areas.
  • In 2014, 519,000 items were prescribed for the treatment of obesity in primary care in England. That is 8 per cent fewer than in 2013 when 563,000 items were prescribed.
  • Merseyside had the highest prescription rate of Orlistat (Xenical®) - the main prescription item for treatment of obesity - at 17 items per 1,000 population, and Thames Valley the lowest rate at 5 per 1,000 population

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*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures

*Regional data are available within this report

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