A report from the National Bariatric Surgery Registry has looked at statistics from over 18,000 weight-loss operations in 137 hospitals that took place between 2010 and 2013. Overall it was found that more patients are having weight-loss surgery and that they are getting more unwell and obese by the time their surgery comes around.
The aim of weight-loss surgery is to improve the health of patients who are very obese and have been unable to make improvements through diet and exercise.
The report revealed that between 2010 and 2013, 550 people under the age of 25 had weight-loss surgery and 62 were under the age of 18. Almost 40% of patients were already classified as super obese (had a BMI of 50 or above).
This is quite concerning and the report says there are too many young people reaching severe obesity levels.
“It is a reflection on society’s failings that these patients had already gained sufficient weight to be broadly comparable to patients who are much older.”
Surgeons say the good news is that after the surgery is carried out, over 50% of patients could manage three flights of stairs without resting. On average, figures also showed that one year after surgery, patients had lost 60% of their excess weight and many with type 2 diabetes were no longer showing symptoms.
Medical director of the NHS, Sir Bruce Keogh said in the report that obesity and weight-loss surgery is rapidly rising on the NHS agenda as a consequence of lifestyle choices,
“As in all branches of medicine, prevention is better than cure, but this report clearly demonstrates that when required, bariatric surgery is effective and safe.”