NHS Health Scotland
Public support bold action on obesity
Over the past year, NHS Health Scotland has worked with ScotCen on the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey to find out what the public think about obesity and the actions that can be taken to address it. We are pleased to share our findings in our report, published yesterday.
The percentage of adults (over 16 years) in Scotland who are overweight and obese was 65% in 2016. The reasons for this are complex, but simply put, the way we live today, makes it easier to eat too much food and to do too little activity. There is a lot of evidence about what action is needed to address obesity in Scotland.
Deborah Shipton, Public Health Intelligence Advisor at NHS Health Scotland, and author of the report, said:
“The results of the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey on obesity are encouraging. They tell us not only that the public agree that the levels of overweight and obesity in Scotland is a problem, but crucially that they believe that supermarkets, food producers, schools, the media and the government, alongside individuals, all have a role to play to address it.
“The findings also give us insight into how different groups talk about and understand obesity. We can tailor interventions to get maximum benefit and we can feel confident about some of the bolder, societal level actions needed, safe in the knowledge that the majority of the public understand the need for and support them. Taken together with the evidence of what works, today’s report brings us closer to making sure that the places we live, work, play, learn and shop help us make healthy choices and maintain a healthy weight, so that we can improve health, reduce health inequalities across Scotland”.
Susan Reid, Research Director, ScotCen said:
“Research funded by NHS Health Scotland and carried out on ScotCen’s annual Scottish Social Attitudes survey shows that the majority of people in Scotland are in favour of a wide range of possible policy interventions aimed at tackling obesity. Most support was shown for placing limits on the amount of fat, sugar or salt added to food by manufacturers, with over 8 in 10 people in favour of such limits being introduced.
“There was also a majority support for policies such as taxation that will increase the price of unhealthy foods. For example 6 in 10 people supported a tax on sugary fizzy drinks”.
You can find more information on obesity on our diet and obesity pages.
Latest News from
NHS Health Scotland
Monitoring and Evaluation of Rights, Respect and Recovery10/03/2020 14:15:00
NHS Health Scotland yesterday published a framework to evaluate ‘Rights, Respect and Recovery’ – Scotland’s strategy to improve health by preventing and reducing alcohol and drug use, harm and related deaths.
Comment on latest Scottish suicide statistics18/02/2020 15:15:15
The latest ScotSID Unscheduled Care report (February 2020) is drawn from the Scottish Suicide Information Database.
NHS Health Scotland welcomes wellbeing approach to economy31/01/2020 16:05:00
NHS Health Scotland welcomes the First Minister’s move to prioritise a wellbeing approach to Scotland’s economy.
NHS Health Scotland comment on the Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities report29/01/2020 16:15:00
A report released by the Scottish Government yesterday shows that health inequalities remain one of Scotland’s biggest challenges.
Analysis of off-trade alcohol sales in year post MUP published29/01/2020 09:15:00
The first analysis of off-trade alcohol sales over the full year following the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) shows the volume of pure alcohol sold per adult in Scotland fell by 3.6%.
First study published into under 18 drinkers post MUP24/01/2020 09:15:00
Interviews with young people under 18 years old who reported drinking alcohol found that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) did not impact on the their acquisition, consumption or related behaviours, either positively or negatively.
New evaluation shows the Cost of the School Day programme can make a difference to children21/01/2020 14:15:00
An evaluation led by NHS Health Scotland has found that action to reduce school-related costs is effective in helping more schools to be sensitive to poverty and more children to participate in school.
Vaccinate globally and reduce cancer-causing HPV in Scotland16/12/2019 15:10:00
In the lead up to Christmas NHS Health Scotland is encouraging Scotland’s S1 school children to learn about the HPV vaccine being provided to boys and girls this academic year, and gift a vaccine for a child in a developing country through UNICEF by completing Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) lessons.