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Child Healthy Weight Intervention Statistics 2009-10

CHILD HEALTHY WEIGHT INTERVENTIONS 2009-10

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Introduction

Attainment of the Scottish Government's Purpose of a flourishing economy requires a healthy population. Obesity poses a real risk to the health of the population in Scotland and its ability to meet its overarching purpose of sustainable economic growth because of the burden of disease that accompanies obesity.

Addressing rising levels of overweight and obesity is a priority for the Scottish Government. Childhood overweight and obesity present a particular challenge.

This is the second publication of statistics reporting on child healthy weight interventions.

NHS Boards have developed plans to introduce child healthy weight interventions from 2008/09 onwards. Through their local delivery plans all NHS Boards have committed to have this service in place by 2010/11. Final targets for completion rates from their H3 child healthy weight intervention programmes were confirmed with all NHS Boards as part of the 2010/11 local delivery plan sign-off process in Spring 2010.

The table below sets out the number of interventions carried out during 2008/09 and 2009/10 alongside the targets agreed with NHS Boards in Spring 2010.

Main Findings

- A total of 1,584 interventions were carried out between April 2008 and March 2010.

Table 1 Child Healthy Weight Interventions completed during 2008/09 and 2009/10

Health Board

Number of completed interventions

Apr 2008 - Mar 2010

Target Apr 2008 - Mar 2011

Ayrshire and Arran

135

420

Borders

71

194

Dumfries and Galloway

86

253

Fife

106

414

Forth Valley

403

580

Grampian

2

607

Greater Glasgow & Clyde

73

850

Highland

221

484

Lanarkshire

237

1,012

Lothian

140

879

Orkney

15

40

Shetland

29

74

Tayside

33

440

Western Isles

33

70

Scotland

1,584

6,317

Methodology

The target (H3) - to achieve agreed completion rates for child healthy weight interventions by 2010/11 - covers a three year period beginning in 2008/09.

When the target was introduced in 2008 the Scottish Government issued guidance based on the available evidence which established criteria for what was considered to be an approved programme for healthy weight interventions. As this was a developmental target, Boards were given flexibility to introduce a programme, or range of programmes, of their choice as long as it met the criteria set out in these guidelines. Some Boards have introduced programmes which are not specifically targeted towards overweight or obese children, i.e. a whole class approach in educational settings. In these cases the number of reported interventions has been adjusted downwards based on the proportion of the class which might be expected to be obese based on national survey data. These adjustments are reflected in the table above.

Future Plans

Data will continue to be collected on a quarterly basis and published annually.

Further Information

Although not classified as National Statistics these statistics are regarded as Official Statistics and, as such, are bound by the principles and protocols contained within the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

The measure above contributes to the Scottish Government's HEAT performance management system which sets out the targets and measures against which NHS Boards are publicly monitored and evaluated.

- HEAT target H3 - to achieve agreed completion rates for child healthy weight interventions by 2010/11

Useful Links

UK Statistics Authority, Code of Practice for Official Statistics -

http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/code-of-practice/index.html

Scottish Government NHSScotland Performance Targets (HEAT) -

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/scotPerforms/partnerstories/NHSScotlandperformance

Scottish Government Guidance on Healthy Weight Intervention Programmes -

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/83961/0059077.pdf

For further information, please contact:

Julie Ramsay

Scottish Government

Health Analytical Services

email: Julie.Ramsay@Scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: 0131 244 2368