Morriston surgeon raises alarm for obesity problem in South Wales

Morriston surgeon raises alarm for obesity problem in South Wales

A bariatric surgeon has warned that South Wales has one of the UK's biggest problems with obesity, as a Welsh Government report reveals that only one of Wales' seven health boards provides all the weight management services it should.

Jonathan Barry, a consultant laparoscopic bariatric surgeon with ABMU Health Board told the report that, although sound, a pathway for addressing obesity in Wales is not making progress quickly enough.

He also revealed there are 67 patients waiting for bariatric surgery at the Institute of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery where he works at Morriston Hospital, but they could operate on up to 220 people per year.

He said: "We have a particularly bad problem in South Wales.

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