October 8, 2008

NHS Counting the Cost of Illness Related to Obesity

Overweight and obese people in Derbyshire cost the NHS pounds257m last year and the figure is expected to rise.

Department of Health figures released today show that Derby Primary Care Trust spent pounds73.4m, which was 18% of its pounds388m budget, on weight-related health care in 2007.

Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust spent pounds184m out of a budget of just under pounds1bn.

With obesity expected to rise nationally, the problem is expected to cost the NHS in Derby pounds81.5m by 2015, while in the county the cost is forecast to reach pounds205m.

The money is spent on the treatment of diseases and illnesses caused by obesity, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Dr Andrew Wakeman, director of public health for the city trust, said: "Obesity is the most significant health issue facing the nation today.

"We will be developing lifestyle-related services to help people lose weight by getting more active and helping them to eat more healthily.

"We are also looking at how we support families with obese children."

By 2020, the Government aims to bring obesity back to the level it was in 2000.

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