The obesity crisis in the UK continues to deepen with children as young as 13 now being admitted to hospitals for weight loss surgeries according to new government statistics.
According to a report by the Express, more than 2,000 children in the UK last year required hospital treatment as a result of them being overweight with 43 of these children having weight loss surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs in a bid to help them to lose weight.
The youngest child to undergo weight loss surgery on the NHS in the UK during the period assessed by the report was found to be just 13 years old.
Data from the Health & Social Care Information Centre found that children suffering from health problems related to their weight were being admitted to hospital at a shocking rate with 13 children under the age of one even being admitted to hospital for obesity between 2012 and 2015.
Toddlers were also found to be suffering with 236 children under the age of four years old being admitted to hospital because of weight issues and obesity related health issues.
The obesity crisis in the UK is constantly making the headlines with campaigners pushing for the government to introduce a sugar tax in a bid to make sweet and unhealthy food more expensive and therefore less likely to be consumed as often by people in theory.
Many are also waiting to see results from the childhood obesity strategy which is due to be published in the coming weeks.
The risks and illnesses caused by being overweight and obese are now really coming to light and campaigners are calling on anti-smoking style campaigns and adverts to warn people of the very real risks attached to being overweight.
Already some parts of the UK are working to help people to curb their sugar intake with Boris Johnson announcing a 10p charge on all added-sugar soft drinks sold in the London City Hall café and proceeds being given to promote health campaigns.
According to the Express, a Public Health England report last year recommended a 10 to 20 per cent tax on high-sugar products and a new study in the British Medical Journal said Mexico’s sugary drinks tax led to a 12 per cent reduction in sales.
While a sugar tax may not be the answer to talking the increasing obesity problem in the UK, perhaps it is a good first step in the right direction and may help to stop children as young as 13 needing to have weight loss surgery to help save their life.