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Obesity Indicators 2013: Monitoring Progress for the Prevention of Obesity Route Map

Obesity Indicators 2013: Monitoring Progress for the Prevention of Obesity Route Map

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ISBN: 9781784120528

This publication reports the latest results for the indicators selected to monitor progress of the Scottish Government’s Prevention of Obesity Route Map.

Executive Summary

In 2012, 27.1% of adults (aged 16+) were obese, while 64.3% were overweight (including obese).

Between 1995 and 2012, the proportion of adults (16-64) who were overweight or obese increased from 52.4% to 61.9%. Over the same period, the prevalence of obesity increased from 17.2% to 26.1%.

16.8% of children in 2012 were at risk of obesity, with a further 13.8% at risk of overweight.

62% of adults aged 16 and over met the current physical activity guideline.

Prevalence of type 2 diabetes is increasing. At the end of 2012 there were 258,570 people diagnosed with diabetes, 4.9% of the population (88.2% of all cases were type 2 diabetes).

There is evidence of a decrease in the volume of regular soft drinks sales since 2010.

There has been little change over the last decade in the proportion of adults (16%) and children (52%) engaging in active travel to work and school respectively.