15 julio 2016

Britain Battles the Bulge: Enquiries for weight loss surgery up 49% in past year

  • UK enquiries for weight loss surgery up 49% in past 12 months
  • Highest number of enquiries for gastric band procedure
  • 82% increase in tummy tuck enquiries
  • Interest increasing in gastric bypass, email enquiries up 150%
  • Enquiries for male breast reduction up 65%
  • Number of clinics offering bariatric procedure on in UK up 20% since 2015

More body-conscious Brits are looking to downsize through surgery, with enquiries for weight loss surgery on up 49% over the past 12 months. The research shows that gastric band surgery is the most searched for weight loss procedure, while interest in gastric bypass surgery is also increasing, with email enquiries up 150% on last year.

More people in the UK are either overweight or obese than at any other time in the past three decades, and one in four British adults is obese according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation*. A focus on diet and exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle, but the problem needs to be approached by more avenues than one. While the British Parliament intends to introduce a sugar tax to help people make healthier choices, more and more people are turning to weight loss surgery in an attempt to manage their weight.

Interest in bariatric (weight loss) surgery has surged over the past year, with gastric bands accounting for the highest volume of enquiries to UK bariatric clinics - up 74% over the past 12 months, while gastric sleeves are the second most popular enquiry. The interest in gastric bypasses is growing at a huge rate compared to other procedures, with a 150% increase in email enquiries on year on year. Gastric bypass is also the most expensive option, with an average starting price of just over £9,000. Gastric balloons are the least expensive option on average costing £3,955 in the UK.

Brits looking to remove excess skin after significant weight loss are also on the rise, with a huge 82% increase in email enquiries for tummy tucks since 2015. Three out of five enquiries for tummy tucks come from women, 60% of whom are between the ages of 25 and 44. However, women are not the only ones increasingly conscious of their appearance as enquiries into gynecomastia (male breast reduction) are also up 65% in the last twelve months, with 82% of enquiries being made by men themselves. Gynecomastia also has a younger age profile; with two thirds of enquiries for coming from people are aged 18-34.
The table below shows the most popular bariatric surgery procedures, based on enquiries sent by UK users to clinics listed on in the past year.

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