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Scotland's obesity epidemic

30th November 2009

Information collected in 2008 has revealed that over half of Scotland's adult female population and two-thirds of its male population are overweight.


The data was mentioned by Public Health Minister Shona Robison in response to a Conservative parliamentary question.

The information was evidence which revealed an accurate picture of "Scotland's obesity epidemic" said Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw.

The data showed that 66.3% of males aged 16 to 64 and 59.6% of females of the same age were overweight.

Around a quarter of both genders were obese, with 24.9% of men and 26.5% of women falling into this group.

1.4% of males and 3.5% of females weighed so much that they were classed as being morbidly obese.

Information collected for children between the ages of two and 15 revealed that over one third of boys and one quarter of girls were overweight.

Mr Carlaw, the Conservative public health spokesman, said more health visitors were needed to tackle the problem.

He added: "This problem did not appear overnight, nor will it disappear overnight. We need a complete change of culture.

Ms Robison said the government were aware of the serious problems caused by obesity.

She added: "This is why we are making tackling the problem a high priority. We have a range of initiatives under way to support those who are overweight and obese and to help people from becoming overweight in the first place."


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