New alliance launches to tackle obesity in Scotland

17 December 2018

New alliance launches to tackle obesity in Scotland 

A new alliance of agencies and organisations have come together to outline their vision to tackle obesity.

The Scottish Obesity Alliance launched on Wednesday 5th December.  This new Alliance will provide a unified, influential and independent voice on one of the most significant public health challenges of our time. Working together the Alliance seeks to create a Scotland where healthy food and physical activity are easy, acceptable, affordable and sustainable for all.

This is a critical time to come together to shape policy on obesity prevention. 2 in 3 adults are either overweight or obese in Scotland, and 26% of children aged 2 to 5 years old are at risk of being overweight including 13% who are at risk of being obese. The proposals set out by the Scottish and UK Governments in A Healthier Future – Scotland’s Diet and Healthy Weight Plan, Scotland’s Physical Activity Delivery Plan and Childhood obesity: a plan for action, chapter 2 show commitment to action, however implementation of the recommended proposals is now urgently required to tackle the obesogenic environment.

 Scottish Obesity Alliance will serve as a forum for organisations working on this agenda in Scotland to collaborate to influence the Scottish and UK Governments policy on overweight and obesity.

Announced as Chair of Scotland’s Obesity Alliance at the launch, Elma Murray OBE said,

“As a long-serving public servant I have seen all too clearly the impact of unhealthy weight on our people and communities. However lasting change will only come if we create supportive and enabling environments for people to make the best choices. I am excited at the potential that this new Alliance will give us. I look forward to working with members to create a strong policy influence for change in Scotland.”

 Scottish Obesity Alliance launched with 12 members and a Manifesto outline, which shares a vision for a Scotland which promotes health and wellbeing. It also identifies key areas where urgent action is required. Members will collectively identify priority policy calls once the Scottish Obesity Alliance is established and meets in the new year.

To discuss the Scottish Obesity Alliance and membership contact the Alliance Co-ordinator, Shruti Jain at


The Manifesto outline is available to download.


Founding members of the Scottish Obesity Alliance include:

Association for the Study of Obesity Scotland Network 

British Dietetic Association Scotland Board

Cancer Research UK

Chest Heart Stroke Scotland

Diabetes Scotland
The Breastfeeding Network

The British Psychological Society Scottish Branch
Obesity Action Scotland 
Paths for All 
Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Scotland 
Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh 

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow