Obesity hotspots in the UK are revealed by NHS statistics.


Obesity hotspots in the UK are revealed by NHS statistics.

THE MIDLANDS has been named England’s fattest district, with the highest number of obese people requiring medical attention.

Last year, there were 251,030 hospital admissions from persons residing in the area who were classified as obese by doctors, with an average of 700 each day. When population is taken into account, the rate of overweight Midlanders being admitted to hospitals is about double that of the South East.

According to NHS data, doctors listed a patient’s weight as a serious health issue in almost one million hospital admissions in England last year.

The worst single health authority was East Staffordshire, which is located between Stoke and Derby and has a rate of 5,271 obese persons admitted per 100,000.

At the other end of the scale, obese people were admitted to hospital at a rate of approximately a tenth of this, with 597 admissions per 100,000 people in Surrey Heath.

Mansfield and Ashfield, as well as Corby, were other Midlands cities with significant obesity rates.

Women in pregnancy, heart illness, breast cancer, knee or hip fractures, and gallstones were all mentioned by clinicians dealing with fat persons.

“The Midlands has always been somewhat overlooked by destitute regions of the North, but these numbers underline how badly it compares with the affluent South,” said Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum.

“By far the most serious problem is the rising number of obese pregnant women. They are not only a threat to themselves, but they are also prone to generate obese offspring at birth.”

The following are the obesity admission rates per 100,000 population for the seven English regions: Midlands 2,425; North West 2,120; South West 1,908; London 1,889; North East and Yorkshire 1,825; East of England 1,533; and South East 1,372.

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