Free Content Inadequate Provision of Care for Morbidly Obese Patients in UK Hospitals

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Obesity rates continue to increase in the UK with nearly 25% of adults now obese and 1–2% morbidly obese. Associated comorbidities include type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, increased incidence of cancer and sleep apnoea. These impair quality of life and increase mortality. Furthermore, these illnesses carry a significant cost to the health service and economy, estimated at £3.2 billion in 2007.

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Affiliations: 1: ST3 in General Surgery, Severn Deanery NHS Trust, North Bristol NHS Trust 2: Consultant Transplant and Bariatric Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust 3: Consultant Bariatric and Upper Gi Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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