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NHS obesity prescriptions increase eight-fold

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The number of obesity prescriptions on the NHS has increased eight times since 1999, according to new data.
Latest figures, collected in 2006 by the NHS Information Centre, show that there were 1.06m prescription items for obesity, compared with just 127,000 in 1999.

Nearly three quarters (73%) were for orlistat (Xenical) and 25% were for sibutramine hydrochloride (Reductil), which are appetite suppressants.

A health survey of 21,000 adults by the centre showed 40% of men and 28% of women were taking the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a week.
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