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Obesity statistics

Obesity figures

Figures from NHS National Services Scotland show that:

The prevalence of obesity has increased over the last 2 decades reaching 22% in men and 24% in women in 2003 with a marked increase in men aged 35-64 and women aged 35-44 years.

I in 5 boys(18%) and over 1 in 10 girls (14%) aged 2-15 years are obese.

Obesity has been linked to near 500,000 cases of increased blood pressures, 5000 strokes, 30, 000 cases of type 2 diabetes and similar number of osteoarthitis and gout a year.

Obese people in Scotland are 18% more likely to be hospitalised than those of normal weight.

International comparisons show that Scotland has very high levels of obesity compared with other European countries.

Levels of obesity in Scotland and England are broadly similar for men although Scotland has higher levels for women.

Existing international evidence in relation to mortality associated with obesity suggests that the risk of death among obese people is 2 to 3 times more than people of normal weight.

Public Health Information for Scotland figures suggest that:

Scotland has the second highest level of obesity in the developed world with America as having a higher percentage of overweight adults.

1 in 6 boys and 1 in 7 girls are obese with 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women also being obese.

Obesity is not just found in deprived inner cities. 70% of men and 65% of women in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles are overweight or obese.

 Figures from Weight Concern show that:

80% of those with type 2 diabetes were overweight.

Obesity reduces life expectancy, on average, by 9 years.

Those who are physically inactive have 3 times the risk of a stroke.


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