The number of people in France turning to surgical procedures to help reduce obesity has multiplied by 21 times over the last twenty years, new figures show.
This kind of operation, known in the medical world as “bariatric surgery”, which includes gastric bypass operations, effectively reduces the size of the stomach and can led to dramatic weight loss.
In 1997 only 2,800 operations of this kind were carried out compared to almost 60,000 in 2016 according to a report by the research and statistics agency Drees.
Part of that rise can simply be explained by the rise of obesity in France.
In 1997 some 8 percent of the population fell into the category of obese but by 2016 it was 15 percent.
However figures released last year suggested the growing weight problem in France was more worrying.