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The Royal College of Physicians is warning that the NHS is not sufficiently prepared to tackle the obesity epidemic in Britain.
ITV News' correspondent Richard Pallot reports:
The president of the UK's Faculty of Public Health has responded to a new report by the Royal College of Physicians, which suggests that NHS services to manage Britain's obesity problem are 'inadequate' and 'poorly developed'.
Professor Lindsey Davies said:
The government is committed to tackling obesity, a spokeswoman said today, following a new report suggesting there is "inadequate" provision in treating obese patients in the NHS.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "The medical profession has a key role in providing advice and treatment to people who are overweight or obese and the Royal College of Physicians can help its members do this.
"The NHS has a range of programmes in place to encourage weight loss. Surgery should only be considered as a last resort and decisions must be clinically-led."
Britain is getting "bigger", the academic vice president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said today, following a report suggesting that there is "inadequate" provision to treat obese patients in the NHS.
Professor John Wass said:
Around a quarter of UK adults are currently obese, and this figure is set to continue to grow. By 2050 experts predict that the majority of Britain's population will be obese.
The cost of dealing with the problem is estimated to be £5 billion each year: a figure set to grow further.
Many obese people suffer from a number of health issues, in particular:
- heart disease
- sleep disorders
- gynaecological disorders
However, the Royal College of Physicians said there were not enough "joined-up" services in the NHS to deal with the multiple health disorders obesity can bring.
Obesity care provided by the NHS is "inadequate" and "poorly developed" according to new report by the Royal College of Physicians.
Even though the rate of obesity in the UK is among the highest in the world, the health service's response to the bulging problem is "patchy" according to experts.
They also said that too many doctors and nurses and seriously overweight, and setting a bad example to patients.