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Record numbers of obese or overweight children

December 12, 2017 5:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on new statistics showing that the number of Primary 1 children at risk of being overweight or obese has reached a new high, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"Almost a quarter of children starting Primary 1 are at risk of obesity or of being overweight and the situation is getting worse. Healthy eating and lifestyle choices start in childhood. These new statistics sound an alarm bell around the changing nature of childhood health in this country.

"The national obesity epidemic already puts a huge strain on our NHS. Unless we take action now we are sitting on obesity time bomb that will only increase pressure on services.

"We need to ensure that parents get the support they need to give their children a healthy start in life. Scottish Liberal Democrats would invest in sport and promote healthy lifestyles as well as extend the rights of GPs to social prescribing, including free access to exercise programmes if they judge it will help the health and wellbeing of an individual."