Obesity figures illustrate health challenge clearly


Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that figures on childhood obesity published today serve as a timely reminder of the challenges facing the nation’s health.

Figures published today showed that all health boards have went over and above their target for healthy weight interventions, where health professionals work with clinically overweight and obese children aged between two and 15.

Over the past three years, 16,820 child healthy weight interventions have been completed across Scotland.

Commenting on today’s figures, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

“With Scotland’s eyes on the Commonwealth Games these figures serve as a timely reminder of the challenges facing the nation’s health. It is bittersweet news that over past three years our health boards have helped over 16,820 children, many of whom are classed as clinically overweight and obese. This crucial early support will enable them to live longer, healthier lives.

“However these interventions may only be the tip of the iceberg. In the year of the Games, it is all the more important that SNP ministers secure a legacy which will encourage more families and children to lead healthy lives from the get-go."


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