[i]Excess weight and obesity also cause one in eight admissions to British hospitals of women over 50[/i], reports [s]The Guardian[/s]. The figures come from the biggest health research project in the UK, which found that obesity-related diseases and ill-health in women were responsible for 2m days in hospital a year. While the researchers from the [b]Million Women Study[/b] run from University of Oxford have not put a figure on the overall cost, the report says the bill to the taxpayer would amount to an annual sum of well over £500m. This is preventable disease, said lead author [b]Gillian Reeves[/b], of the study published in [s]BMC Medicine[/s].
[link url=http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/15/excess-weight-causes-eighth-hospital-admissions-women-over-50-obesity]Full report in The Guardian[/link]
[link url=http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/12/45]Full BMC study[/link]