A trip to RIO saves the tax-payer money!
Recent reports have questioned the cost-effectiveness of the Rotherham
Institute for Obesity (RIO), yet results suggest that not only is it successful in its main aim of encouraging
overweight and obese patients to lose weight, it is cost-effective and is already saving the tax-payer more
money than the service costs to run.
An internal RIO audit performed during April 2011 shows the following
2478 adults and 255 children have been referred to the
service since it opened.
We achieved a 97% patient satisfaction with the service
(75.56% reported “excellent”).
Of those who completed the 6 month weight loss
51% of adults and 69% of
children met, or did better than,
NHS Rotherham weight loss
weight loss has been 7.4
adult weight loss is greater than7.5
In adults, just a 10kg weight loss can convey the following health benefits:
20–25% reduction in total mortality
30–40% reduction in diabetes-related deaths
40–50% reduction in cancer-related deaths
Reduced risk of developing diabetes by >50%
30–50% reduction in fasting glucose
15% reduction in HbA
10% reduction in total cholesterol
15% reduction in LDL
30% reduction in triglycerides
8% increase in HDL
10 mmHg reduction in systolic BP
20 mmHg reduction in diastolic BP
Adapted from Jung R. Obesity as a disease. Br