NHS Information Centre data shows that admission for obesity and related conditions have hit the roof in the last five years in England. The figured found n annual rise of 60% in conditions linked to obesity, which included breathing and heart issues.
Last year there were 8,085 admissions for obesity in 2008-2009 in England, which included breathing problems, type 2 diabetes, circulation or organ failure, or heart disease that were linked to weight issues.
"The large increase in admissions for obesity reflects the growing impact that obesity has on the health of our nation as well as the demands it is placing on limited NHS resources," said Tim Straughan, head of the NHS Information Centre. "However, it also reflects the fact that overweight people are resorting to treatments such as bariatric surgery to tackle their health problems."
Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said the demand for bariatric surgery would strain the resources of the NHS.