Last night Baroness Parminter told The Daily Telegraph: “I am concerned by the timebomb that we have of obesity – particularly among children; we have 500,000 children who have liver disease because of obesity.
Now where does that number come from?
It\’s certainly not true that someone has counted all the children being treated by the NHS for obesity related liver disease.
As far as I can tell, the number of inpatient FCS (Finished Consultant Episodes) for children (4-15 years old) was 530,000 for England and Wales last year.
So all children being seriously treated are being treated for liver disease brought on by obesity. Or the liver disease being brought on by obesity isn\’t sufficiently bad to be treated by a consultant. Or there\’s a hell of a lot of it in Scotland and NI.
Or the figure\’s been cooked up somewhere.
Would be nice to know which really….