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
HealthyLiving Awards

HealthyLiving Awards

Indicator Source: NHS Health Scotland

Latest Results

  • In October 2017, a total of 798 catering establishments, serving 185,278 customers, held the HealthyLiving Award ( HLA) or HLA Plus award.
  • Of these, 214 are first term HLA awards and 352 are renewed awards. A further 232 establishments hold the HealthyLiving Plus Award.
  • There has been an increase in the number of establishments holding an award every year since 2006, except between 2012-2013.

Table 1: Number of businesses with HealthyLiving Awards

Date Current Awards First Term Renewals Plus
October 2006 6 6
October 2007 140 140
October 2008 374 374
October 2009 602 496 106
October 2010 656 353 283 20
October 2011 675 295 291 89
October 2012 680 241 315 124
October 2013 625 185 315 125
October 2014 686 231 273 182
October 2015 757 260 294 203
October 2016 776 246 332 198
October 2017 798 214 352 232

About This Indicator

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

Relevant Route Map action:
Two actions to encourage participation in HealthyLiving award scheme.

Geography available:

Equalities data:
Not applicable

Rationale for including this indicator:
The aim of this indicator is to assess the take-up of HealthyLiving awards by companies. The HealthyLiving Award, introduced in 2006, recognises catering establishments for serving healthier food and finding ways of helping their customers make better food choices. The award is open to all kinds of catering places from sandwich shops to staff restaurants, and increasing the number of establishments with this award will play a part in improving diet across Scotland. For all organisations already participating, the HealthyLiving Award plus offers an opportunity to achieve step increases in the required ratio of healthy options to other options on the menus from participating caterers.
Evidence from existing literature [12] suggests a low level of evidence for the effectiveness of consumer targeted incentives but with potentially high levels of population effectiveness. The ScotPHN engagement process for the Route Map [13] assessed the action as having high impact with medium to high effort.

Factors influencing this indicator:

  • Exposure to high energy foods.