No good news on childhood obesity – Primary 1 BMI statistics

17 December 2017

Today ISD (Information Services Division) published the annual Primary 1 Body Mass Index Statistics for Scotland[1].  It is not good news.  The percentage of Primary 1 children at risk of obesity has risen to 10.5%.  That is the highest level since the measurement scheme began in 2007/08.

Lorraine Tulloch, Programme Lead of Obesity Action Scotland said “The data released today is alarming, rates of obesity within Primary 1 children are at the highest since the measurement scheme began a decade ago. Childhood obesity is a ticking timebomb of health problems.  We owe it to our children to address this urgently and give them the potential to lead happy, healthy lives.

We must tackle the factors that get in the way of eating healthily.  It is difficult for families to make healthy choices when they are bombarded by advertising, marketing and price promotions on junk food.  The Scottish Government’s commitments within its current consultation document “A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight” need to be supported, progressed and implemented urgently.  We need to make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone.”

[1] https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Child-Health/Publications/2017-12-12/2017-12-12-P1-BMI-Statistics-Publication-Report.pdf