More than 40 obese people in Lancashire underwent bariatric surgery in 2013/14, figures reveal today.
Data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows 45 people who were diagnosed as obese in the Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group area had surgery.
Of that number 34 were women and 11 were men.
The report ‘Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England 2015’ shows there were eight cases of surgery in Preston. Nationally 6,380 cases of bariatric surgery were recorded by hospitals.
Women account for the majority of bariatric surgery procedures – 4,820 procedures compared to 1,560 for men. This continues a 10 year trend.
In 2003-04, 378 procedures were recorded for women, compared to 96 for men.
Nationally, according to the HSCIC there was a marked increase in the proportion of adults that were obese from 13.2 per cent in 1993 to 26.0 per cent in 2013 for men, and from 16.4 per cent to 23.8 per cent for women.
The proportions that were overweight including obese increased from 57.6 per cent to 67.1 per cent in men and from 48.6 per cent to 57.2 per cent in women.
The figures showed nationally there were 15 per cent fewer hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity in 2013-14 (9,330) compared to 2012-13 (10,960), although latest figures are more than five times as high as 2003-04 figures (1,710).
The data presented in the report is for in-patients only, so does not reflect all hospital activity.