Rise in obesity sees 20 people a month go under the knife for life-saving surgery

People in Nottingham are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital with obesity related problems – higher than anywhere else in England.

One city clinic has also revealed that around 20 overweight patients a month are opting to have weight-loss surgery which can include having three-quarters of their stomach removed.

But Nottingham nutrition coach Susan Hart says gastric surgery should be “a last resort”.

Recent statistics show that obesity-related admissions are up by a third in the last year.

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Private clinic Gateway Health says there has been a significant increase in the last year of people wanting gastric surgery – seeing 20 clients a month, 17 of whom will be suitable for treatment.

Surgery includes fitting gastric bands, which restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold by placing an inflatable silicone band around the upper part of the organ and gastric sleeves, which removes a large portion of the stomach.

Andrew Kemp, chief executive of the clinic, told the Post: “We have seen a significant increase since the middle of last year and we are not marketing or doing anything different than before.

“I wish I did know why. The trend across the country is pretty flat but in our area it seems to be more prolific.

He predicts that instead of being used as treatment, such surgery will become preventative. “Ten to fifteen years from now we will be doing gastric bands to stop people from gaining massive amounts of weight.

“We can see there is a significant benefit for them, why wait till people are really sick to have them. It is a bit like a smoker with a nicotine patch. It does not stop you smoking but it takes away the craving.

“The gastric band will help take away some of those cravings for food.”

He said the private clinic used to see on average 10 patients a month, but that had now doubled. The surgery is usually undertaken on someone who has a body mass index (BMI) of 35 and over.

Mr Kemp believes the food we eat has not become any fatter, but that people are exercising less than they did in the 1950s.

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