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Healthy Weight

In common with other countries in the developed world Scotland faces a significant challenge from rising levels of obesity.

Healthy Eating, Active Living: An action plan to improve diet, increase physical activity and tackle obesity (2008-2011)

The Scottish Government invested £56 million in initiatives dedicated to improving diet, increasing physical activity and tackling obesity. We published Healthy Eating, Active Living: An action plan to improve diet, increase physical activity and tackle obesity (2008-2011). This action plan built on the continued delivery of our two existing strategies - the Scottish Diet Action Plan and Physical Activity Strategy:

Healthy Weight Route Map: A Long term Obesity Strategy

In February 2010, the Scottish Government and COSLA launched a long-term obesity prevention strategy entitled Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotland: A Route Map Towards Healthy Weight. The 'Route Map' recognises that we cannot expect people to be able to change their behaviour alone as the environment we live in today means that for most people weight gain becomes almost inevitable. Excellent work is already being done but the Scottish Government are committed to go further to make changes that will transform our living environment:

Key Areas for Action

The Route Map has identified four key areas in which action is likely to have the greatest effect:

  • Reducing demand for and consumption of excessive amounts of high calorie foods and drinks
  • Increasing opportunities for uptake of walking, cycling and other physical activity
  • Establishing life-long healthy habits in children
  • Increasing the responsibility of organisations for the health and wellbeing of their employees

Joint Obesity Ministerial Group

A Joint Obesity Ministerial Group has been established to oversee the implementation of the Route Map: