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Firefighters Rescue Around 2,000 Obese People from Their Homes in UK

by Vishnuprasad on December 30, 2015 at 4:51 PM
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Firefighters Rescue Around 2,000 Obese People from Their Homes in UK

The capital city London had the most rescues with 180, followed by 106 for South Wales and 95 in Scotland. More than 500 firefighters were requested to 58 incidents in Cleveland, North Yorkshire, alone.

Obesity is a growing global health problem. Now reports from the United Kingdom reveal a new issue associated with obesity.

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According to reports, firefighters have rescued a total of 2,000 obese individials from their homes in the UK over the past three years.

Health experts say that the figures expose 'the hidden problem' of an obesity crisis. The issue diverts firefigters from their normal duties.

Emergency crews were called to 1,866 such incidents from January 2013 to May this year. (according to The Times).
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It is believed the number of rescues may be even higher, however, as not every service provided firefighter figures or gave information in the same timeframe.

Georgia Davis, weighing 55 stone, has to be periodically removed from her flat in the village of Cwmaman, Wales, to be taken to hospital for treatment.

The cost of dispatching a fire engine is around Ģ400. But for transporting obese people, the rate is significantly reduced.

Cuts by almost of third have resulted in the loss of almost 7,000 firefighters.

London had the most rescues' with 180, followed by 106 for South Wales and 95 in Scotland. More than 500 firefighters were requested to 58 incidents in Cleveland, North Yorkshire, alone.



Source: Medindia
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