While America is commonly known as the country with a large number of obese individuals, the UK is showing that there are about two million people that would make good candidates for weight loss surgery. This is two million people in England that are in the obese or morbidly obese category, according to their body mass index (BMI). The study was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, showing the research that retired women with lower educational status had the highest rate among people in the UK who may need weight loss surgery.

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery, or weight-loss surgery, includes a collection of operations to help people lose weight. They work by reducing the stomach size in order to reduce how much patients can eat, including feeling fuller faster and being put off by larger meals. By losing weight with the help of weight loss procedures, patients reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, and Type II Diabetes, as well as regulating their blood pressure and cholesterol level. Obesity rates have been rising in England, but the amount of people getting weight loss surgery is on the decline.

Weight Loss Surgery Options

Residents who qualify for weight loss surgery in the UK have several options. Bariatric surgery, or weight-loss surgery, includes different procedures. The most common ones are the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure, lap band surgery, and the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Each surgery has its pros and cons, but all have one thing in common: they have been shown successfully in helping people lose weight.

The Study of UK Residents

This study not only looked at the number of people in the UK that are eligible for weight loss surgery but also trying to find out why there are cheap surgery rates in the country. This may be due to socioeconomic groups or lack of proper healthcare coverage for weight loss surgery, or because of lack of awareness of surgery and the benefits. Funding cuts may also be due to lack of weight loss surgeries being carried out by many of the people eligible are also in the lower economic status. Through this study, it was found that approximately two million people in the UK are eligible for weight loss surgery, a number that was surprisingly higher than recently suspected. But very few people who are eligible for surgery are getting it. The NHS has tried providing very clear guidelines as to who can get the surgery, but it doesn’t change the fact that more people in England are not volunteering for this surgery to help lose weight.

The next step is figuring out a way to educate more people in the UK about their obesity, how damaging it is to their physical and mental health, and quality of life, and that they may be eligible for weight loss surgery. Since there are options, it lets residents pick and choose based on the type of procedure, the typical results, and what the possible risks or complications are. Still, with around two million people in the country facing obesity or morbid obesity, there should be a rise in weight loss surgery requests. The goal of researchers of this study is to next identify why more people are not asking for the surgery.