FAT-fighting surgeons have their work cut out in the North East, NHS figures show.
Seven of the top ten areas for bariatric surgery are in the region and locals are seven times more likely to go under the knife.
Getty – Contributor According to the NHS. fat-fighting surgeons have their work cut out in the North East
South Tyneside and Sunderland top the chart with 45 people per 100,000 having an op including gastric band fitting and removal of part of the stomach.
Redcar, Cleveland, Co Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough are the others.
Hospitals have done 6,627 bariatric procedures in the past year.
Admissions where patients were recorded as obese have shot up from 103,000 to 711,000 in a decade.
Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, blamed job losses, poverty and a tendency towards office work from labouring.
He said bariatric surgery was cost-effective.
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He said: “North Easterners are the lucky ones.
“Residents in other UK areas with high obesity are denied it on cost grounds.”
The Department of Health and Social Care said it was cutting kids’ exposure to sugary and fatty foods to prevent obesity later.
Science Photo Library Hospitals treated a total of 6,627 bariatric surgeries in the past year
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