Weight loss surgery drive to tackle obesity

Ministers are set to dramatically increase the NHS’s capacity to conduct weight-loss surgery in a radical bid to tackle Britain’s obesity crisis.

The plans, which are said to be part of a broader “comprehensive obesity strategy” to be announced later this summer, could see obesity formally defined as a “chronic disease” and NHS trusts and GPs financially incentivised to encourage those most at risk to have bariatric surgery.

The initiative has the backing of the Royal College of Physicians, The Obesity Society, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity and other specialist bodies.