Hospitals record over twice as many obesity admissions for women than men

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Hospitals record over twice as many obesity admissions for women than men

For the tenth year running, obesity admissions(3) for women in 2012-13 were much higher than those for men

Today’s report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show obesity admissions(3) for women were more than twice as high (8,010) as those for men (2,950). The figures for 2012-13 are similar to those in 2011-12 where there were 8,740 admissions for women and 2,990 admissions for men, and compares to 850 women and 430 men in 2002-03.(4,5)

The new figures show that hospitals recorded 7 per cent fewer admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity (10,960) compared to the previous 12 months (11,740). Despite this fall, the 2012-13 figure is more than eight times the 2002-03 figure for admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity (1,280).(5,6)

In 2012-13, obesity admissions(3) were lower than in 2011-12 in each age group except for those aged under 16 (560 from 500 in 2011-12, a rise of 12 per cent), and those aged 65 and over (590 from 560 in 2011-12, a rise of 6 per cent).

Today’s report: Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England 2014 brings together new analyses and several sources of recently published information to provide a comprehensive picture of obesity related issues and shows in 2012-2013:

  • Bariatric surgery procedures(7) were over three times as common in women (6,080 out of 8,020) than in men (1,940), and this has been the pattern for the last ten years, as presented in the report.
  • North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA)8had the highest admission rate (39 per 100,000 population); lowest rates were in South Central SHA and East of England SHA (6 per 100,000 of the population).
  • Prescriptions for orlistat (the most commonly prescribed drug item for treating obesity) were highest per 100,000 of population in North West SHA and Yorkshire and the Humber SHA (970 and 920) and lowest in South Central SHA (400).
  • In 2012, approximately a quarter of the adult population was obese (24 per cent of men and 25 per cent of women).(9)

Alan Perkins, CEO of the HSCIC, said: “Obesity has been a public health issue for many years and can increase the risk of disease and long-term illness. Despite a recorded fall in admissions, hospitals still admitted over 10,000 cases with a primary diagnosis of obesity last year.

The past 10 years of data show hospitals have dealt with considerably more women for obesity than men and it will be interesting to see if this pattern changes in coming years.”

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