Hartlepool has one of the highest rates of hospital admissions in the country as a result of obesity, according to new figures.
According to the ‘Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet’ report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre the town had a high rate of hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity.
In Hartlepool there was 82 hospital admissions as a result of obesity, which works out as 89 per 100,000 of the population who attended hospital because of obesity in 2014 and 2015.
The figures come from the HSCIC’s Hospital Episode Statistics, as well as data from the Prescribing Unit at the HSCIC on prescription items dispensed for treatment of obesity.
Comparatively, Sunderland was the highest in the country with 375 admissions which works out as 135 people per 100,000 of the population.
In second was South Tyneside there were 152 admissions which works out as 102 admissions per 100,000 of the population.
The total number of hospital admissions across the country with a primary diagnosis of obesity was 9,130.
The majority of these were for female patients with a total of 73% or 6,630 women admitted, compared to 2,500 for men.
This shows a worrying increase in the amount of people who are classed as obese.
The report said: “Overall, the prevalence of obesity has increased from 15% in 1993 to 26% in 2014.
“Morbid obesity, one of the conditions for which bariatric surgery may be considered, has tripled since 1993 from 1% to 3%.”