No improvements on obesity or exercise


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that efforts to tackle obesity and boost exercise are “stuck in the slow lane”

Statistics published today showed:

  • In 2017, 65% of adults aged 16 and over were overweight, including 29% who were obese.
  • In 2017, 26% of children were at risk of overweight, including 13% at risk of obesity.
  • At the end of 2016, there were 257,728 people recorded as having Type 2 diabetes, with prevalence continuing to increase steadily.
  • In 2017, 65% of adults aged 16 and over met the current moderate/vigorous physical activity (MVPA) guideline. There has been no significant change to this proportion since 2012.

Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:

“These statistics show that Scotland’s efforts to tackle obesity and boost exercise and stuck in the slow lane.

“The smoking ban 12 years ago was a watershed moment for tackling a public health crisis. We need to see a similar scale of ambition from the Scottish Government now to focus on Scotland's poor diet and lack of activity.

“We need to ensure that parents get the support they need to give their children a healthy start in life. Scottish Liberal Democrats would invest in sport and promote healthy lifestyles as well as extend the rights of GPs to social prescribing, including free access to exercise programmes if they judge it will help the health and wellbeing of an individual.”


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