The number of people eligible for surgery “far exceeds” the estimated number of people having procedures. Researchers, who examined the health of nearly 9,500 people, acknowledged the huge financial implications for the NHS if treatments were carried out in such greater numbers. But they said more investment may be necessary to meet a growing need for the procedures. According to NHS guidelines, weight loss surgery may be offered to those whose morbid obesity could kill them, or to people who are morbidly obese and who have a serious condition such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure that could be improved if they lost weight. The study found that those meeting the criteria for bariatric surgery were more likely to be women, retired with lower educational qualifications and of lower socio-economic status.
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More than 2 million ‘eligible for weight loss surgery’
Some 8,000 people receive bariatric surgery each year, but researchers from Imperial College London say more than 5% of adults would qualify, more than 2.1 million people. More than two million adults in England could be eligible for weight loss surgery, according to research. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire Operations http://finance.yahoo.com/news/garcinia-cambogia-extract-investigation-now-190000760.html for weight loss such as the fitting of a gastric band or gastric bypass surgery, is currently available on the NHS to treat those with potentially life-threatening obesity. The garcinia cambogia study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, found that despite evidence of the cost-effectiveness of weight loss surgery, surgery rates were estimated to be a third of the NHS’s benchmark rate. The number of people eligible for surgery “far exceeds” the estimated number of people having procedures.
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