Figures published by the NHS Information Centre show that there was a 52 per cent rise in the number of the weight loss surgeries carried out by NHS in the 12 months between May 2008 and April 2009.
There were 4,324 weight loss surgeries during this time as opposed to 2,838 surgeries in the previous 12 months. And almost 75% of these surgeries were carried out on women.
Advertisement"In the long term, these operations may benefit the NHS because people may not get diabetes or heart attacks, but we have to pay for them in the short term, which is a huge problem," said Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum. However he added that gastric surgery must be used as a last ditch resort.
In 2006-07 just 1,951 treatments were related to bariatric surgery. However many Britons are not close to being classed as obese with 37 per cent being officially classed as overweight.