A new study shows the number of people aged 65-74 undergoing bariatric surgery after a primary diagnosis of obesity increased by 77 per cent between 2010 and 2016.
The numbers jumped from 166 in 2010/11 to 293 in 2015/16. The years 2013/14 to 14/15 saw a rise of by 24.7 per cent.
According to the figures, the number of people aged 55-64 having weight loss surgery increased by 11.8 per cent from 2014/15 (1,074) to 2015/16 (1,201) and in the age group 35-44 jumped by seven per cent from 2014/15 (1,532) to 2015/16 (1,639).
The number of pensioners undergoing weight loss surgery has risen drastically
NHS obesity figures showed the overall figure was up seven per cent to 6,032
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This worrying spike in weight loss surgery demonstrates just how serious the obesity crisis has become under this Tory Government
The NHS obesity figures, which includes those having stomach stapling and gastric bypasses, showed the overall figure was up seven per cent to 6,032. Obese women were by far the most likely to go under the knife with the number increasing by almost 10 per cent last year.
Hospitals admitted more than 5,000 women for treatment last year – up nearly 500 or 9 per cent on the previous twelve months.
The worrying trend comes just weeks after leading surgeons said obese patients should receive gastric bands on the NHS despite cost-cutting.
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The Royal College of Surgeons found last month that such operations were only taking place if patients’ body mass index was 20 points higher than the standard obesity threshold.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth last night said: “This worrying spike in weight loss surgery demonstrates just how serious the obesity crisis has become under this Tory Government.
“And yet severe public health cuts and a watered down obesity strategy proves that Theresa May has utterly failed to grasp the urgency of this public health problem.
“Our country deserves better and that’s why Labour is calling for a total focus on improving public health provision and reversing these damaging Tory cuts.”
A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “The NHS has got better at diagnosing and recording obesity – helping explain these figures – and we’re taking world-leading action with a childhood obesity plan so families can live longer, healthier lives.”