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Scots obesity second highest

26th September 2007

Levels of obesity in Scotland are the second highest in the developed world behind the USA.

Now the Scottish Government – which published the figures - has announced steps to help tackle the problem. They include removing sweets and fizzy drinks from schools, cutting the amount of chips served in school meals and providing more fruit and vegetables.

Children’s Minister Adam Ingram said he wanted to change young people’s habits.

The figures were released by the statistical wing of the NHS in Scotland. It said the “obesity epidemic? in Scotland must be addressed and outlined the extent of what it described as a major public health problem.

The report puts Scotland second bottom in a list of the developed world’s most obese nations, showing that since 1995 obesity in the adult population has increased by 46%.

Men aged 35 to 64 and women aged 35 to 44 have shown the worst increases while 20% of children in primary school year seven were estimated to be obese in 2004/05.

The report said: “These figures provide little evidence that current approaches to obesity are having any impact. The increasing levels of obesity are of serious concern given the levels of morbidity and mortality associated with obesity. It is estimated that obese people in Scotland are 18% more likely to be hospitalised than those of normal weight.?

The cost of treating obesity-related disease in Scotland was estimated at £171m in 2001. Tory health spokeswoman Mary Scanlon said the findings of the obesity report were “horrific.?


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