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Obesity Statistics in Scotland

A new report by Scotland’s Chief Statistician summarises the latest figures on obesity in Scotland.

The purpose of the report is to monitor the progress of the Scottish Government’s Prevention of Obesity Route Map.

In 2016, 65% of adults aged 16 and over were overweight, including 29% who were obese. Levels of overweight and obesity increased between 1995 and 2008, but have remained relatively stable since then.

Sixty four percent of adults aged 16 and over met the current moderate/vigorous physical activity of at least 150 minutes per week. There has been no significant change to this proportion since 2012. Seventy six percent of children are active for an average of 60 minutes per day (including school-based activity).

Trends in physical activity for children have fluctuated over the years but the 2016 figure is the joint highest along with 2014.

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