Can Wales Tackle Rising Obesity?
Obesity rates in Wales are among the highest in the UK and this fact has been a cause for serious concern. In a bid to tackle the problem more efficiently, Welsh authorities are considering steps to boost the number of bariatric surgery procedures, aiming to reach an average of 300 per year.
Following a report issued in December, recommending that the criteria for bariatric surgery eligibility should be reconsidered to grant access for more people to the service, the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) is starting a review on the set of criteria.
Currently, the criteria for qualifying for weight loss procedures such as gastric bypass are more restrictive in Wales than in England. While in England a patient needs to have a BMI of 35 and at least one obesity-related health complication, such as type 2 diabetes or 40 without any co-morbidities, in Wales the the…
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