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Latest weight loss surgery and obesity related news articles

In recent times. obesity has becoming a much greater public health concern. There are a number of studies and articles published about the negative effects obesity can have on one’s health.

Take a look at some of the news articles below for more information about health concerns related to obesity and weight loss surgery!

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has used a struggle with his own weight to launch measures targeted at a widespread obesity problem that could heighten coronavirus risks. More than 60 per cent of adults in Britain are considered overweight or obese, according to Public Health England. Click here to read more!

25 July 2020

obesity increases risk of covid

Being obese or overweight puts you at greater risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19, experts say after examining existing studies.

The review of evidence by Public Health England found excess weight put people at greater risk of needing hospital admission or intensive care. Click here to read more!


diabetes and obesity

Obesity is a complex and multi-factorial chronic disease with genetic, environmental, physiological and behavioural determinants that requires long-term care. In 2014-15, 63.4% of Australians aged 18 years and over were above normal weight, with 27.9% being obese. Obesity is associated with a broad range of complications including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dyslipidaemia, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancers, which significantly impair quality of life. Obesity and its related complications place a considerable financial burden on Australia. In 2014-15, the direct and indirect costs of obesity were estimated at $ 8.65 billion.

The Australian Diabetes Society states that any diabetic patient with a BMI over 40 is recommended to undergo bariatric surgery. Read more here.

Australian Institute of Health & Welfare

Excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers. As the level of excess weight increases, so does the risk of developing these conditions. In addition, being overweight can hamper the ability to control or manage chronic conditions. Click here to read more!


obesity increases covid risk, diets aren't the answer

Deputy chief scientific adviser Dame Angela McLean said studies showed that being obese was an “additional risk factor” for coronavirus patients in hospital in whether they needed intensive care or, ultimately, died. Click here to read more!


obesity is costing us $340 million

Obesity is costing Western Australia’s health system close to $340 million a year, with experts renewing calls for a ban on junk food advertising. A report by WA’s Department of Health finds that health conditions related to excess body mass were responsible for 9.3 per cent of all hospitalisations in 2016. Click here to read more!

 Mon, 11/05/2020 – 10:37

covid-19 bariatric surgery

An international team of experts has issued a guidance paper that identifies patients with the greatest need for bariatric and metabolic surgery, as experts warn delaying treatment could put them at a greater risk of complications from their disease, as well as from COVID-19. Click here to read more!

Wednesday, 08/01/2020

cardiovascular disease obesity

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation are warning that Australia’s obesity epidemic is undermining expert attempts to reduce cardiovascular disease. Click here to read more!


coronavirus obesity link

Being obese is known to increase the risk of a number of diseases, including heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Early research suggests it may also make people more ill with Covid-19, but why is this the case? Click here to read more!


coronavirus and obesity

A summary of the evidence so far suggests that obesity is associated with a higher risk of developing severe symptoms and complications of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19), independent of other illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. Click here to read more!


overweight greater risk of covid-19

new research is pointing to evidence that people affected by obesity or who are overweight might also make the impacts of COVID-19 more severe, particularly for those aged under 60. Click here to read more!

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