Definitions, social trends, and epidemiology

Mark Bellamy and Michel Struys

in Anaesthesia for the Overweight and Obese Patient

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ISBN: 9780199233953
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607051 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Definitions, social trends, and epidemiology

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• Obesity is an epidemic facing society at large. • Body mass index is widely used to define obesity but waist circumference is more predictive of morbidity. • Obese >30 kg per square metre. • Morbidly obese >40 kg per square metre. • 43% of men and 33% of women are overweight. • 22% of men and 23% of women are obese. • In the United Kingdom, obesity results in 30,000 deaths per year. • The estimated cost to the National Health Service in the United Kingdom is between £0.5 and £1 billion annually. • When the obese patient presents for anaesthesia, the challenges to the anaesthetist and theatre team are very real.

Chapter.  2236 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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