The number of Aussies admitted to hospital for weight loss surgery in the past decade has now almost tripled!
That shocking new figure comes from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which says there were 22,700 admissions to hospital for weight loss surgery in 2014-15, up from 9300 in 2005-06.
Unfortunately the experts are not surprised by the increased need for surgical intervention, given the prevalence of obesity. Two-thirds of Australian adults are now considered either overweight or obese.
Around 79 per cent of weight loss surgery admissions were for women, and the highest number of admissions were among women aged between 35 and 44.