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Additional funding for diet and healthy weight services

Published: 07 Jul 2019 00:01

Work continues to cut childhood obesity.

Children and young people across Scotland will benefit from funding of £1.7 million to support health boards deliver new standards for weight management services.

The investment comes after NHS Health Scotland published standards for weight management services for under 18 year olds, to ensure quality and equal access to provision across the country.

The funding is part of the Scottish Government’s ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030 and significantly reduce diet-related health inequalities.

Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said:

“We want children and families to have access to the appropriate support to achieve as healthy a weight as possible, no matter where they live.

“We are committed to supporting local partners across health and local government to develop ambitious and effective plans to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Weight management services will be a vital component of effective action.”

Senior Health Improvement Officer at NHS Health Scotland Suzanne Connolly PhD said:

“We all have a responsibility to work together to help people in Scotland to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

“There is growing inequality in the prevalence of obesity between children in our wealthiest and poorest areas, and we have to address it.

“The standards published by NHS Health Scotland are designed to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland will receive the same high quality weight management support, informed by the best evidence available and good practice.”

Background

The Scottish Government published its Diet and Health Weight Delivery Plan in July 2018.

NHS Health Scotland has also published standards for adult weight management services.

Standards for the delivery of tier 2 and tier 3 weight management services in Scotland.