Heavyweight women having more operations

York Press: Heavyweight women having more operations Heavyweight women having more operations

NEARLY three times the number of women than men needed hospital treatment because of their waistline, figures for York and North Yorkshire show.

Over the last year, 142 women were admitted to hospital due to their weight and 55 men in York and North Yorkshire, figures slightly above the national average.

The difference in hospital admissions nationally between men and women is thought to be down to differing attitudes to health.

The figures can partly be accounted for by weight-loss surgery as during that period 83 women and 28 men underwent barriatric surgery.

A spokesperson for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The impact of obesity can cause people to be admitted to hospital for treatment for a number of medical reasons other than bariatric surgery – vascular problems, cancer and heart disease to name a few.

"It is strongly linked to type 2 diabetes which in itself can cause many health problems if left untreated such as stroke, kidney disease and foot problems.”

A total of 1,444 women and 938 men were admitted due to a primary or secondary diagnosis of obesity in York and North Yorkshire.

Nationally, hospitals have recorded over twice as many obesity admissions for women than men, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) Bariatric surgery procedure were over three times as common in women.

Alan Perkins, CEO of the HSCIC, said: “Obesity has been a public health issue for many years and can increase the risk of disease and long-term illness. Despite a recorded fall in admissions, hospitals still admitted over 10,000 cases with a primary diagnosis of obesity last year.

“The past ten years of data show hospitals have dealt with considerably more women for obesity than men and it will be interesting to see if this pattern changes in coming years.”

In the East Riding of Yorkshire, figures were considerably lower in 2012/13, with13 women admitted to hospital with a primary diagnosis of obesity and ten men.

About one-in-four adults in the UK is classed as obese.

Nationally there was a seven per cent decrease in admissions on the previous financial year.

They went from 11,740 in 2011-12 to 10,960 in 2012-13.

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9:15am Fri 7 Mar 14

Woody G Mellor says...

WoW! This should stir up some abusive comments! Odds are high that comments will be removed by lunchtime.
WoW! This should stir up some abusive comments! Odds are high that comments will be removed by lunchtime. Woody G Mellor
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9:24am Fri 7 Mar 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Although I do sympathise. I cant for the life of me understand why some people let themselves get so fat before they do anything about it. Its not like you go from being average to obese overnight.
Although I do sympathise. I cant for the life of me understand why some people let themselves get so fat before they do anything about it. Its not like you go from being average to obese overnight. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 4

9:32am Fri 7 Mar 14

Woody G Mellor says...

I would just like to say. We are not born over-weight, its what, and how much we eat that makes us over-weight. Oh, and lack of exercise.
I would just like to say. We are not born over-weight, its what, and how much we eat that makes us over-weight. Oh, and lack of exercise. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 5

9:38am Fri 7 Mar 14

MrsHoney says...

I would think more women are treated because society is still biased when it comes to how they value people. Women are still judged on their looks and when weight is referenced the majority of the time it's in relation to women not men. So it's not surprising women feel the pressure more than men to lose weight, and are more prepared to take the risk of surgery.

"Although I do sympathise. I cant for the life of me understand why some people let themselves get so fat before they do anything about it. Its not like you go from being average to obese overnight."

No you don't, that's the thing, for most people it's so gradual that it's easy to ignore. You go up a clothes size, then in 10 months time another clothes size. You can kid yourself you've not gained that much because it's so slow. Then one day you realise that 3 years ago you were 4 dress sizes smaller. If you did suddenly put on 5 stone over night you couldn't ignore that fact!
I would think more women are treated because society is still biased when it comes to how they value people. Women are still judged on their looks and when weight is referenced the majority of the time it's in relation to women not men. So it's not surprising women feel the pressure more than men to lose weight, and are more prepared to take the risk of surgery. "Although I do sympathise. I cant for the life of me understand why some people let themselves get so fat before they do anything about it. Its not like you go from being average to obese overnight." No you don't, that's the thing, for most people it's so gradual that it's easy to ignore. You go up a clothes size, then in 10 months time another clothes size. You can kid yourself you've not gained that much because it's so slow. Then one day you realise that 3 years ago you were 4 dress sizes smaller. If you did suddenly put on 5 stone over night you couldn't ignore that fact! MrsHoney
  • Score: 7

9:40am Fri 7 Mar 14

MrsHoney says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
I would just like to say. We are not born over-weight, its what, and how much we eat that makes us over-weight. Oh, and lack of exercise.
Actually, some babies ARE born overweight. Just saying ....
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: I would just like to say. We are not born over-weight, its what, and how much we eat that makes us over-weight. Oh, and lack of exercise.[/p][/quote]Actually, some babies ARE born overweight. Just saying .... MrsHoney
  • Score: 2

9:44am Fri 7 Mar 14

Woody G Mellor says...

MrsHoney wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
I would just like to say. We are not born over-weight, its what, and how much we eat that makes us over-weight. Oh, and lack of exercise.
Actually, some babies ARE born overweight. Just saying ....
Are they?? I didn't know that. I retract my previous comment Mrs H.
[quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: I would just like to say. We are not born over-weight, its what, and how much we eat that makes us over-weight. Oh, and lack of exercise.[/p][/quote]Actually, some babies ARE born overweight. Just saying ....[/p][/quote]Are they?? I didn't know that. I retract my previous comment Mrs H. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 5

9:47am Fri 7 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I suppose if you're bigger, there's more of you to go wrong...
I suppose if you're bigger, there's more of you to go wrong... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 0

10:28am Fri 7 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
I suppose if you're bigger, there's more of you to go wrong...
In my view its because most men still exercise into their twenties. I know the gym is becoming popular again but males are more active then females its a fact. I'm against surgery too I don’t really agree that women are more likely to undergo surgery because of society. As the pressure would have been there when they reached the weight they had. For anyone who is interested in a story where a female friend lost a lot of weight through the old fashioned way log onto lorraine pascales website. Just shows that if somebody does have the will to change their life around that is all you need. A very inspirational story.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: I suppose if you're bigger, there's more of you to go wrong...[/p][/quote]In my view its because most men still exercise into their twenties. I know the gym is becoming popular again but males are more active then females its a fact. I'm against surgery too I don’t really agree that women are more likely to undergo surgery because of society. As the pressure would have been there when they reached the weight they had. For anyone who is interested in a story where a female friend lost a lot of weight through the old fashioned way log onto lorraine pascales website. Just shows that if somebody does have the will to change their life around that is all you need. A very inspirational story. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 0

10:29am Fri 7 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

didn't actually mean to quote you Ignatius Lumpopo
didn't actually mean to quote you Ignatius Lumpopo Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 1

11:06am Fri 7 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
didn't actually mean to quote you Ignatius Lumpopo
Quote me as much as you like...
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: didn't actually mean to quote you Ignatius Lumpopo[/p][/quote]Quote me as much as you like... Ignatius Lumpopo
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11:48am Fri 7 Mar 14

TheTruthHurts says...

"Although I do sympathise. I cant for the life of me understand why some people let themselves get so fat before they do anything about it. Its not like you go from being average to obese overnight."

No you don't, that's the thing, for most people it's so gradual that it's easy to ignore. You go up a clothes size, then in 10 months time another clothes size. You can kid yourself you've not gained that much because it's so slow. Then one day you realise that 3 years ago you were 4 dress sizes smaller. If you did suddenly put on 5 stone over night you couldn't ignore that fact!


Im sorry im not really sure that i buy that as an excuse.
[quote] "Although I do sympathise. I cant for the life of me understand why some people let themselves get so fat before they do anything about it. Its not like you go from being average to obese overnight." No you don't, that's the thing, for most people it's so gradual that it's easy to ignore. You go up a clothes size, then in 10 months time another clothes size. You can kid yourself you've not gained that much because it's so slow. Then one day you realise that 3 years ago you were 4 dress sizes smaller. If you did suddenly put on 5 stone over night you couldn't ignore that fact! [/quote] Im sorry im not really sure that i buy that as an excuse. TheTruthHurts
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10:47am Sat 8 Mar 14

Digeorge says...

OK there are medical conditions that make some people more prone including genetic conditions, thyroid, pituitary conditions that go misdiagnosed.

I know for one that my issues relate to thyroid and other issues which had they been diagnosed properly from the start I would not have increased 3 stone in 3 years. Thankfully, it took the endocrinologist at YDH to realise the fact that this is hugely complicated compounded by the anti-depressants that are known to put on weight!!

I am not in that 'obese' bracket but getting very near it and if you have medical problems it is very hard to 'shift' once put on. Trying to loose weight as really don't like having to get 'bigger' clothes.

But just going down to Tescos you can see the numerous people who are clinically ones and eating what they do.
OK there are medical conditions that make some people more prone including genetic conditions, thyroid, pituitary conditions that go misdiagnosed. I know for one that my issues relate to thyroid and other issues which had they been diagnosed properly from the start I would not have increased 3 stone in 3 years. Thankfully, it took the endocrinologist at YDH to realise the fact that this is hugely complicated compounded by the anti-depressants that are known to put on weight!! I am not in that 'obese' bracket but getting very near it and if you have medical problems it is very hard to 'shift' once put on. Trying to loose weight as really don't like having to get 'bigger' clothes. But just going down to Tescos you can see the numerous people who are clinically ones and eating what they do. Digeorge
  • Score: 0

1:15pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Teabag1 says...

I think this is probably down to women caring more and men not giving a toss.
I think this is probably down to women caring more and men not giving a toss. Teabag1
  • Score: 0

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