Woman have majority of obesity operations

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Women underwent 76 per cent of weight reduction surgery procedures performed by the NHS during 2014-15, according to the latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

That year 6,030 bariatric operations were recorded in total with 4,590 procedures carried out on women, compared to 1,440 for men.

Overall, 58 per cent of women and 65 per cent of men were overweight or obese and the prevalence of obesity has increased from 15 per cent in 1993 to 26 per cent in 2014.

Morbid obesity, one of the conditions for which bariatric surgery may be considered, has tripled since 1993 from one to three per cent. In 2014, almost four per cent of women were considered morbidly obese compared to two per cent of men.

In 2014-15, 36 per cent of adults (16+) played sport at least once a week, with 18 per cent of adults taking part on three or more occasions. Some 57 per cent had not taken part in any sport in the 28 days prior to being surveyed.