Another Year, Same Story - Primary 1 BMI Statistics

Today, 14th December 2016, ISD published the annual Primary 1 Body Mass Index Statistics for Scotland . And unfortunately it is the same old story. No change, no improvement.

ISD report coverWhen epidemiological thresholds in the BMI distribution were used to classify children’s weight, 77% of Primary 1 children in Scotland were classified as healthy weight in school year 2015/16.
The percentage of primary 1 children at risk of overweight and obesity has been fluctuating between 21 and 23% over the last 10 years. In 2015/16 the figure was 22%.
We cannot be complacent about this. We have not seen significant reductions. BMI distribution among primary 1 children in Scotland has remained broadly similar over the last 10 years.

Obese children are more likely to be ill, be absent from school due to illness, experience health-related limitations and require more medical care than normal weight children. Overweight and obese children are also more likely to become obese adults, and have a higher risk of morbidity, disability and premature mortality in adulthood.
We must take urgent action to address this so that we start to see significant reductions in the number of children affected.

Lorraine Tulloch, Programme Lead of Obesity Action Scotland said “Unfortunately the data published today indicates that there has been no improvement in the rates of obesity and overweight in children entering primary school in Scotland. It is all too easy to become complacent about this repetitive message on obesity but we all need to understand that childhood obesity is a ticking timebomb of health problems.

This situation can no longer continue. If the Scottish Government is serious about increasing the proportion of children of healthy weight then they must take immediate action to support families to make the healthy choice the easy choice. We must tackle the factors that get in the way of eating healthily. We would call on Scottish Government to take immediate action to restrict price promotions of unhealthy food, tackle the marketing, advertising and sponsorship of unhealthy food and regulate to control portion size. Only by taking such brave and bold action will we begin to see families empowered to eat more healthily.”

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15th December 2016

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