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Food and Drink in Scotland: Key Facts 2012

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HEALTHIER - Diet and Nutrition

Chart 3.1 Household purchases of food and drink products by category - comparisons within the UK, 2010

Chart 3.1 Household purchases of food and drink products by category - comparisons within the UK, 2010

Source: Family Food 2010, Defra

  • In 2010 Scottish household purchased less fruit and vegetables than England and Wales, and less meat than those in Northern Ireland and Wales.
  • Scottish consumers purchased a larger quantity of alcoholic drinks than those in Northern Ireland, England and Wales.

Chart 3.2 Consumption of fruit and vegetables portions -comparisons within the UK, 2003-04 to 2010

Chart 3.2 Consumption of fruit and vegetables portions -comparisons within the UK, 2003-04 to 2010

Source: Family Food 2010, Defra

  • Over the period of 2003-04 to 2010, Scottish consumers consumed less fruit and vegetable portions a day than those in England and Wales but more than those in Northern Ireland.
  • Consumption of fruit and vegetables in Scotland increased from 3 portions per person per day in 2003-2004 to 3.5 portions in 2010. This is still 1.5 portions below the 5-a-day target.

Note: Portions adjusted for wastage (10%).

Chart 3.3 Trend in average energy intake (household and eating out) - comparisons within the UK, 2003-2004 to 2010

Chart 3.3 Trend in average energy intake (household and eating out) - comparisons within the UK, 2003-2004 to 2010

Source: Family Food 2010, Defra

  • In 2010 average energy intake per person per day from eating out and household consumption was higher in Scotland than in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.
  • This is despite an overall decline for the period in Scotland from 2,390 kcal per person per day in 2003-2004 to 2,367 in 2010.

Chart 3.4 Percentage of adults overweight and obese, Scotland, 2003, 2008-2010

Chart 3.4 Percentage of adults overweight and obese, Scotland, 2003, 2008-2010

Source: Scottish Health Survey 2010

  • The percentage of men overweight (excluding obese) in Scotland fell from 43% in 2003 to 40% in 2010, over the same period the percentage of obese men rose from 22% to 27%.
  • The percentage of women overweight (excluding obese) in Scotland was the same in 2003 as in 2010 at 34% whilst the percentage of women classed as obese rose from 26% to 29% over the same period.

Chart 3.5 Percentage of adults obese - international comparison

Chart 3.5 Percentage of adults obese - international comparison

Source: OECD and Scottish Health Survey 2010

  • Of all 17 countries considered, Scotland has the third greatest obesity rate, behind the US and Mexico.
  • The overall UK figure is 23%, 5 percentage points lower than in Scotland. Italy and Norway had the lowest rate of obesity among the countries considered at 10%.

Note: difference in survey methodologies limits data comparability, M denotes measured data whilst SR denotes self-reported figures.

Chart 3.6 Percentage of children overweight and obese, 1998, 2003, 2008-2010

Chart 3.6 Percentage of children overweight and obese, 1998, 2003, 2008-2010

Source: Scottish Health Survey 2010

  • In 2010 16% of boys were obese and 16% were overweight (excluding obese) and 16% of girls were overweight (excluding obese) whilst 13% were obese.
  • 2008 saw the highest percentage of overweight and obese boys at 19% and 17% respectively.
  • For girls the highest percentage overweight was seen in 2003 at 17% whilst obesity was at its highest in 2009 at 15%.

Note: Overweight is defined as BMI at or above 85th percentile. Obese is defined as BMI at or above 95th percentile.

Chart 3.7 Food/Nutrient changes in relation to the Scottish Dietary Targets 2007-2009

Chart 3.7 Food/Nutrient changes in relation to the Scottish Dietary Targets 2007-2009

  • Despite improved performances since 2001 in targets for consumption of fruit and vegetables, brown/wholemeal bread, and the % of energy coming from saturated fat and non-milk extrinsic sugars, as of 2009 none of the Scottish dietary targets had yet been achieved.

Source: Estimation of food and nutrient intakes from Expenditure and Food Survey & Living Costs and Food Survey data in Scotland 2001-2009, FSA Scotland

Note: The changes between 2001 and 2009 have been calculated by FSA Scotland and the directions of changes has been determined to be statistically significant.