By Susan Watkins For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 01:19 BST, 27 September 2020 | Updated: 01:19 BST, 27 September 2020
Patients as young as 15 are being given hip and knee replacements because they are so overweight, shocking new NHS figures have revealed.
Statistics exposing the dire state of Britain’s obesity crisis also show that patients under 25 are undergoing heart bypasses because of their weight.
Data shows that the number of obesity-linked operations is rising year by year for all ages, with younger generations having to battle conditions usually associated with ageing.
The figures, published by NHS Digital, show that in 2019/20, one man aged between 20 and 24, received a coronary bypass, with obesity given as one of the main reasons why he needed it.
Patients as young as 15 are being given hip and knee replacements because they are so overweight, shocking new NHS figures have revealed (stock image)
Two men and one woman in their early 20s were given coronary stents – tubes that increase the blood supply to the heart – for the same reason last year.
A total of 30 people under 30 have needed knee replacement surgery in the last five years because of obesity, with the