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Children obesity levels in Lothian at highest in a decade

 

Latest figures from ISD this week show that  for Lothian the number of overweight children has reduced from 9.4% in 2016/17 to 8.2% in 2017/18.

 

The number of obese or severely obese children has risen to the highest level in a decade with 6.8% of children obese or severely obese, compared to 5.8% in 2008/09.

 

Last month MSPs debated  the SNP governments Physical Activity, Diet and Healthy Weight strategy. (link)

 

The statistics are derived from height and weight measurements recorded at routine health reviews or selective medicals for children in Primary 1 for NHS Boards in Scotland which participate in the Child Health Systems Programme School system (CHSP School).

 

 

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, said:

 

“These figures show a deeply worrying trend in the number of obese and severely obese Children across Lothian.

 

“Access to healthy food choices and physical exercise as well as parents and guardians being given advice and support to help address child weight issues are all crucial to tackling childhood obesity.

 

“Scottish Conservatives support banning multi buy’s that promote food with low nutritional value and are actively encouraging people to eat badly.

 

“We also support clear labels on packaging so that consumers can make informed decisions about what they are eating and feeding their children.

 

“Obesity can have major health implications for children in later life and children need to be given all the support that they need to be a healthy weight.”

 

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Miles Briggs