In 2019-20, 1.02 million admissions listed obesity as a primary or secondary diagnosis, up from 876,000 the previous year.
NHS Digital has said some of the increase may be due to better recording of data in hospitals.
There was a three percent fall to 10,780 in cases where obesity was the main cause of admission.
But Mr Fry said although those figures fell, “we should be truly alarmed at the huge increase in the other admissions that excess fat triggers”.
About two thirds of England’s adults are overweight or obese. Twenty-seven percent of men and 29 percent of women are obese. Children in the most deprived places are more than twice as likely to be obese than those in the least deprived areas.
Christina Marriott of the Royal Society for Public Health warned the figures “paint a familiar picture that we have a serious obesity problem”.
She said: “Behind the numbers are people living with the negative mental and physical ill health effects, which is a particular concern given the increased risk people with obesity have from becoming seriously ill with Covid-19.
“We need to take a holistic approach to reducing obesity and prioritise prevention by tackling the environment that influences us to eat food of poor nutritional quality and to lead sedentary lifestyles.
John Maingay of the British Heart Foundation said: “These striking figures underline the immense toll that obesity is taking on the nation’s health.
NHS England medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: “Today’s shocking figures are a growing sign of the nation’s obesity crisis.”
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