Obesity Indicators Demonstrate Little Progress
The Official Statistics have been published which monitor progress for the Prevention of Obesity Route Map. They demonstrate that most things have not changed.
Adult and childhood obesity statistics remain relatively stable but the childhood statistics in particular hide a significant inequalities issue. Prevalence of type 2 diabetes continues to rise, there has been no increase in the number of adults meeting the current physical activity guidelines and our intake of sugar as a percentage of overall food energy remains higher than the Scottish Dietary Goal.
The only areas where we have seen some improvements are in children’s levels of physical activity and reduced sales of regular soft drinks.
However, the scale of the challenge remains significant and further urgent action will be required if we want to see all these indicators moving in the right direction with sustained improvements.
Obesity Action Scotland would call on the Scottish Government to implement a full suite of fiscal, reformulation and preventative measures to create a significant shift in the diet and physical activity levels of the Scottish population.