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Obesity ticking time bomb in danger of exploding

November 11, 2011 12:27 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has warned that an obesity epidemic is sweeping Scotland and is in danger of exploding if measures are not taken to stop it.

Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPAnswers to Parliamentary Questions lodged by the Liberal Democrats reveal that there were 198 deaths where obesity was recorded either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributory factor across Scotland last year.

Mrs McInnes has said that unless more effort is put into tackling obesity, these avoidable deaths look set to increase.

Commenting, Mrs McInnes said:

"Obesity is a ticking time bomb that is in danger of exploding on the SNP's watch.

"Almost 200 deaths last year were recorded as being caused by obesity. To my mind, these are avoidable deaths and more effort must be put into tackling the obesity epidemic.

"Early intervention is key. By giving people the knowledge to make informed and healthy choices in their daily lives then I'm convinced that Scotland has the will and determination to reverse this worrying trend."