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Various methods the Scottish Government has taken to combat obesity: FOI release

Published: 9 Dec 2019

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
9 Dec 2019
Various methods the Scottish Government has taken to combat obesity: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/02518
Date received: 7 Nov 2019
Date responded: 5 Dec 2019
Information requested

You asked for:
1. How many adults were referred for weight loss surgery in Scotland

i) broken down by gender
ii) stats broken down by 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – if available
iii) stats broken down by health board
iiii) broken down by age range, if available

2. How many adult underwent weight loss surgery in Scotland

i) broken down by gender
ii) stats broken down by 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – if available
iii) stats broken down by health board
iiii) broken down by age range, if available

3. How many free gym passes were given out in Scotland for weight loss purposes

i) broken down by gender
ii) stats broken down by 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – if available
iii) stats broken down by health board
iiii) broken down by age range, if available

4. How much has the Scottish Government dedicated to tackle weight loss in Scotland

i) stats broken down by 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – if available
ii) stats broken down by health board

Response

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. For information relating to weight loss surgery and free gym passes (questions 1-3), you may wish to contact the Information Services Division which is part of NHS National Services Scotland at https://www.isdscotland.org/ who may be able to help you.

Each year, the Scottish Government provides funding to NHS Boards to deliver adult and child healthy weight interventions.

A breakdown of Board allocations in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 is provided in the table below.

Child Healthy Weight

NHS Board 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
NHS Ayrshire and Arran 147,000 142,750 139,790
NHS Borders 59,000 58,127 57,591
NHS Dumfries and Galloway 74,000 72,257 71,084
NHS Fife 138,000 131,603 129,477
NHS Forth Valley 115,000 110,565 109,247
NHS Grampian 181,000 178,389 176,815
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 427,000 381,390 370,003
NHS Highland 129,000 126,893 125,092
NHS Lanarkshire 206,000 219,837 217,119
NHS Lothian 266,000 250,458 248,158
NHS Orkney 32,000 32,693 32,542
NHS Shetland 32,000 32,536 32,471
NHS Tayside 154,000 146,361 143,988
NHS Western Isles 35,000 35,990 35,623
  1,995,000 1,919,849 1,889,000

Adult Healthy Weight

NHS Board 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
NHS Ayrshire and Arran 109,000 111,250 100,425
NHS Borders 45,000 49,260 28,391
NHS Dumfries and Galloway 56,000 59,615 40,303
NHS Fife 103,000 103,085 90,918
NHS Forth Valley 86,000 87,675 72,975
NHS Grampian 137,000 137,355 130,820
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 314,000 286,050 303,953
NHS Highland 97,000 99,635 86,901
NHS Lanarkshire 152,000 167,715 166,169
NHS Lothian 200,000 190,140 192,280
NHS Orkney 25,000 30,635 26,561
NHS Shetland 25,000 30,520 26,427
NHS Tayside 116,000 113,895 103,504
NHS Western Isles 27,000 33,050 29,373
  1,492,000 1,499,880 1,399,000

The 2016-17 Budget introduced the Outcomes Framework, a single source of funding to NHS Boards for strategic priorities focussed on prevention and reducing health inequalities - including adult and child healthy weight. This has provided local flexibility on how best to deploy this resource to achieve clearly defined outcomes. Since inception, £3 million healthy weight funding has been transferred to the Framework annually, up to and including 2018-19.

A breakdown of notional allocations to deliver healthy weight outcomes is provided in the table in the attached document.

In addition, since 2018-19 NHS Boards have received additional funding to deliver the Type 2 Diabetes Early Detection, Early Intervention and the Prevention Framework. This funding is used for service redesign and delivery to improve weight management support for those with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes.

A breakdown of Board allocations is provided in the table below.

NHS Board 2018-19 2019-20
Ayrshire & Arran* £173,000 £288,700
Dumfries & Galloway £58,659 £75,200
East Region* (NHS Borders, Fife & Lothian) £440,000 £735,600
Forth Valley £59,989 £129,300
Grampian £56,427 £187,500
Greater Glasgow & Clyde £60,000 £495,700
Highland £42,500 £149,900
Lanarkshire £55,287 £303,500
Tayside* £172,000 £288,500
Orkney £42,000 £45,200
Shetland £41,000 £49,500
Western Isles £29,000 £45,200
Total £1,229,862 £2,793,800

* 2018-19 early adopter Boards. All other Boards received seed funding to support readiness for implementation from 2019-20.
In 2019-20, NHS Boards also received additional funding to support the implementation of new Weight Managements Standards Service for Children and Young People, published by Health Scotland in July 2019. A breakdown of Board allocations is provided in the table below.

NHS Board 2019-20
Ayrshire & Arran £83,000
Dumfries & Galloway £71,269
East Region £291,000
Forth Valley £103,000
Grampian £154,000
Greater Glasgow & Clyde £275,000
Highland £78,000
Lanarkshire £174,000
Tayside £140,000
Orkney £32,000
Shetland £32,000
Western Isles £42,000
Total £1,475,269

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