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27% of Scots are ‘obese’, reveals health survey

The percentage of Scottish adults who are now overweight or obese is continuing to soar; with the Scottish Health Survey revealing that 65% of adults are overweight and 27% are obese. 

Since 1995, the number of obese individuals has risen from 17% to 27%, which means that over a quarter of the Scottish adult population are now obese.

If obesity levels continue to rise at the same pace, the Scottish government have said that predicted obesity rates could reach 40% by 2030, that’s only 10% short of half of the Scottish adult population.

The survey comes after the government’s obesity action plan launched back in March, which outlines a number of ways in which they intend to make it easier for individuals to make healthy choices such as eating more fruit and veg and less salt and fat.

According to a Scottish government  spokesman, £7.5m will be invested into promoting healthy eating in the next three years, and the government will be working closely with manufacturers, retailers and hospitality to encourage lower saturated fat content in foods and foods that are less energy dense.

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