Publication - Statistics

Obesity indicators 2017

Published: 14 Nov 2017
Population Health Directorate
Part of:
Health and social care

Annual report of the latest results for the indicators selected to monitor progress of our Prevention of Obesity Route Map (2010).

Obesity indicators 2017
Key points

Key points

  • In 2016, 65% of adults aged 16 and over were overweight, including 29% who were obese. Levels of overweight and obesity increased between 1995 and 2008, but have remained relatively stable since then.
  • Since 1998, the proportion of children at risk of overweight (including obesity) has fluctuated between 28% and 33%. In 2016, 29% of children were at risk of overweight, including 14% at risk of obesity.
  • At the end of 2016, there were 291,981 people diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland recorded on local diabetes registers. Of all cases, 88.3% (257,728) were Type 2 diabetes. Prevalence of Type 2 diabetes continues to increase steadily.
  • Sixty four percent of adults aged 16 and over met the current moderate/vigorous physical activity ( MVPA) guideline. There has been no significant change to this proportion since 2012.
  • Seventy six percent of children are active for an average of 60 minutes per day (including school-based activity). Trends in physical activity for children have fluctuated over the years but the 2016 figure is the joint highest along with 2014.
  • In 2015, the percentage of food energy contributed by added sugars (14.4%) remained higher than the Scottish Dietary Goal of less than 11% of food energy.
  • Between 2010 and 2016, the volume of sales of regular soft drinks reduced, while sales of confectionery, biscuits, cakes and pastries remained relatively unchanged.