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Scottish obesity ranked 2nd worst in the world

26th September 2007

Scottish obesity levels have risen to the second highest in the developed world, coming behind only the US.

Figures from IDS Scotland, the information arm of the NHS, show that over the past two decades more Scots have become obese, with 22 per cent of men and 24 of women affected.

This has been linked to nearly half a million cases of high blood pressure and 30,000 cases of type two diabetes.

More children are also becoming dangerously overweight, with IDS Scotland estimating that in Scotland, nearly one in five (18 per cent) boys and over one in ten (14 per cent) girls aged two to 15 are obese.

The release of the figures coincided with new rules on junk food in schools announced by the Scottish Executive.

Under the new guidelines, schools will offer at least two portions of fruit and vegetable every lunchtime, oily fish at least once every three weeks and deep fried food only three times a week.

They will also have to remove sweets and fizzy drinks from schools and chips can only be served if they come as part of a healthy, balanced meal.

“Turning around Scotland’s health record is a challenge, but by targeting our youngest citizens we can make a lasting difference,” said children’s minister Adam Ingram.

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