We're such a nation of fatties that researchers believe around two million UK citizens are obese enough to qualify for some sort of weight loss surgery, with staff at Imperial College London claiming 5 per cent of adults are flabby enough to get it on the NHS.
Currently, only 8,000 gastric band ops are carried out each year, a fact the research team puts down to socio-economic reasons -- they live in areas where people can't be bothered to seek help or simply aren't interested.
And it's probably for the best, as with a cost of between £3,000 and £11,000 per gastric fat band installation or stomach bypass op, it'd cripple the poor old NHS if two million porkers suddenly turned up and demanded doctors make them thin again. [BBC]
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