Obesity indicators 2015

Latest data for indicators selected to monitor progress for our Prevention of Obesity Route Map (2010). Most indicators are updated up to 2014, but for some indicators data are more or less up-to-date than this.

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Volume of sales of soft drinks with added sugar[12]

Indicator Source: Food Standards Scotland (Kantar Worldpanel)

Latest Results

  • Between 2010 and 2014, the volume of regular take home soft drinks[13] purchased by Scottish households dropped by 16.8% to 183 million litres.
  • The volume of carbonated drinks purchased by Scottish households declined from 314 to 290 million litres.
  • The calorie contribution of carbonated drinks reduced from 32 kilocalories per person per day in 2010 to 28 kilocalories in 2014.

Figure 13. Sales of soft drinks, 2010-2014


About This Indicator

Desired Outcome:
Reduced consumption of high energy food and drink.

Relevant Route Map action:
Action to work with the Food Implementation Group to reduce sugar levels and portion sizes.

Geography available:
Scotland level only.

Equalities data:
Not applicable.

Rationale for including this indicator:
The aim of this indicator is to monitor the volume of sales of soft drinks with added sugar in supermarkets in Scotland. There is evidence of an association between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and prevalence of obesity and interventions in this area have been shown to be effective.

Factors influencing this indicator:

  • Availability and affordability of healthy choices.


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