Most experts believe exercise to be an effective way for maintaining fitness, irrespective of its assistance in shedding weight. However, weight loss surgeries have witnessed almost a 12% rise in 1 year, cited professionals from the NHS Information Centre.

According to key findings in the report, obesity diagnosis increased by a huge margin since 2009. Also, female cases of obesity seemed to be 3 folds higher than those of men. Nevertheless, the number of prescription items for the treatment of obesity appeared to manifest a record low in the year 2010.

Chief executive of the NHS Information Centre Tim Straughan quoted, “The report charts the growing impact of obesity on both people’s health and NHS resources. It also examines changes in physical activity and diet.Those working in this field may want to examine closely the findings of the report, including the significant regional variations that appear to exist in both the admissions for obesity and those for weight-loss stomach surgery.”

This decreasing effect could be attributed to the declination in the use of 2 drugs reported of treating obesity namely rimonabant and sibutramine. Apparently, there were almost 8,087 weight loss surgeries conducted between 2010 and 2011. Of these 1,444 of the cases were aimed at maintaining the acquired gastric band, instead of fitting a new one. The rates of weight loss surgeries were the highest in East Midlands, while the North West region seemingly had the lowest number of bariatric surgeries.

This data is part of the Statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet: England 2012 report by NHS.