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Hospital admissions for obesity soar

The number of people admitted to hospital for obesity-related illnesses has increased more than 10-fold in the past decade, it has been revealed.

There were a total of 10,720 hospital admissions last year, in comparison with 1,000 in 1999, according to statistics published by the NHS Information Centre.

Many patients were treated for weight-related issues, such as breathing difficulties and, in some cases, even organ failure.

Others were in hospital for bariatric surgery or gastric bypass procedures.

The report on NHS inpatient activity in England also revealed that the number of patients admitted as a direct result of being overweight had risen by a third in the last year.

"Too often obesity is seen as an aesthetic problem rather than a health problem, but these figures show that obesity is a real health concern," said a spokeswoman for Weight Concern.

The figures also reveal that the number of alcohol-related admissions increased 54% in 10 years, from 45,100 in 1999 to 69,360 last year.

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