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Action needed to tackle obesity in Wales - Mick Bates AM

2009 Tachwedd 4 4:20 PM

Montgomeryshire AM Mick Bates has called for more support to tackleobesity in Wales as figures show that 57% of adults are classed asoverweight.

Commenting, Welsh Liberal Democrat Mick Bates stated:

"It is good news that child obesity in England is levelling off.However, in Wales we have some of the highest rates of childhood obesityand we are the fattest nation in the UK, with 57% of adults classed asoverweight or obese.

"Welsh Government figures for last year show that there were over 540referrals for obesity surgery that year, but only 94 cases for treatmentwere approved and 50 are still in treatment at two hospital trusts inEngland.

"I am deeply concerned that the criteria for treatment are too strict,as too many patients are referred for treatment and then declined. Thecost of continuing care for patients who suffer from related issues suchas failing joints or mental health far outweighs the cost of timelyintervention, so it is crucial to take address to address this problemas early as possible.

"It is vital that we see strong action to improve the provision ofbariatric treatment in Wales, so that more patients are given supportand not referred to England or declined treatment altogether but receivebetter care here in Wales."