The number of people admitted to hospital because they are obese increased by almost 60 per cent last year, according to new figures released today by the NHS Information Centre.
The survey also shows that the number of people having weight-loss surgery rose by 55 per cent.
There were 5,020 admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity in 2007/08 in England but this rose to 7,990 in 2008/09.
The findings also reveal a rise in the number of people undergoing weight-loss surgery, such as stomach stapling or having a gastric band fitted, and show that there was an increase between 2006/07 and 2008/09, from 1,950 procedures to 4,220.
“It is worrying that more and more people are being diagnosed as being overweight or obese and end up in hospital because of their condition," said Libby Dowling, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.
Being overweight puts you at risk
"Being overweight makes you more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which in turn can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation."
What you can do to manage your weight
"We need to encourage people to be more physically active and follow a healthy diet to help them manage their weight and reduce their risk of developing obesity-related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes."
Weight-loss surgery has risks
"Weight-loss surgery can be a way of losing significant amounts of weight for people who are severely overweight. However, surgery does have serious associated risks and should only be considered only if sustained attempts to lose weight through diet and lifestyle changes have been unsuccessful.”