Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned Scotland's NHS is facing an obesity time bomb as new figures from Cancer Research UK revealed that in the last decade, 83,000 children in Scotland started primary school overweight or obese.
Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
"Healthy eating and lifestyle choices start in childhood and the fact that so many children are overweight by the time they start school is a real concern. Weight related conditions like heart disease and cancer put huge strain on our NHS.
"We already spend hundreds of millions of pounds every year treating conditions that are ultimately avoidable. Unless we take action now our NHS faces an obesity time bomb that will only increase pressure on services. We need to ensure that parents get the support they need to give their children a healthy start in life."