From the Guardian
The NHS is under increasing pressure from the inexorable rise in obesity in England, where there were more than 700,000 obesity-related hospital admissions in 2017/18, up by 100,000 on the previous year, according to the latest figures.
Almost a third (29%) of adults are now obese, the figures from NHS Digital show, an increase of 3% on the previous year. Just over 20% of children leaving primary school are also obese.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the food industry must act. “With almost 100,000 more hospitalisations in just one year, this is the latest evidence that obesity is causing deadly diseases including 13 types of cancer, heart attacks, strokes and type 2 diabetes, while putting increasing strain on NHS staff and services.