Obesity Indicators 2014

This publication reports the latest available data for 16 indicators selected to monitor progress for the Prevention of Obesity Route Map. Most indicators are updated up to 2013, but for some indicators data is more or less up-to-date than this.

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Proportion of children engaging in active travel to school

Indicator Source: Transport Scotland (Transport & Travel in Scotland)


  • In 2013, 53% of children travelled to school by walking or cycling.
  • This proportion has fluctuated between 50% and 56% over the last thirteen years, with no clear trend.

Proportion of children walking or cycling to school Scotland 2000-2013


Desired Outcome:
Promotion of active travel.

Relevant Route Map action:
Deliver cycle action plan.

Indicator Source:
Transport Scotland: Transport & Travel in Scotland bulletin.
Pupils in full-time education at school usual method to travel to school.

Geography available:
National, Local Authority.

Equalities data:
Breakdowns by gender, age and disability possible.

Rationale for including this indicator:
This indicator relates to Route Map actions relating to encouraging opportunities for physical activity and sport including safer routes to schools.

Low level of evidence exists in literature for the effectiveness of active travel incentives and facilities with a moderate rating for potential population effectiveness. The <acronym>ScotPHN</acronym> engagement process for the Route Map assessed the action as having medium impact with medium to high effort.

Factors influencing this indicator:

  • Availability of safe routes to schools.


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