Re­gion’s high ra­tio of over­weight kids

South west fig­ures above na­tional av­er­age

The Galloway News - - GALLOW@Y VIEW - Jackie Grant

Three out of ten of P1 pupils in the re­gion are over­weight or obese.

Shock­ing fig­ures show that ef­forts to re­duce child­hood obe­sity are fail­ing and are at the high­est level in a decade.

Twenty-three per cent of P1s across Scot­land are over­weight, com­pared to 29.3 per cent in Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

The pro­por­tion of over­weight kids in the re­gion has in­creased from 27.4 per cent in 2015/16.

The fig­ures show 26.4 per cent of young­sters in the most de­prived area of the coun­try have a weight prob­lem com­pared to 18.8 per cent in af­flu­ent parts.

Pub­lic Health Min­is­ter Aileen Camp­bell in­sisted the gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced a range of strate­gies de­signed to tackle child­hood obe­sity.

She said they in­clude giv­ing kids at least two hours of PE a week, en­cour­ag­ing pri­mary pupils to run, jog or walk a mile ev­ery day and free school meals for P1 to P3s.

Ms Camp­bell added: “Our obe­sity con­sul­ta­tion out­lines mea­sures to help peo­ple make health­ier choices.

“This in­cludes re­bal­anc­ing pro­mo­tion of prod­ucts high in fat, sugar and salt, tack­ling ad­ver­tis­ing be­fore the 9pm wa­ter­shed and of­fer­ing par­ents healthy food ad­vice.”

Dum­fries and Gal­loway also has one of the low­est num­ber of adults meet­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity rec­om­men­da­tions – 60 per cent com­pared to 63 per cent across Scot­land.

The health board is hop­ing to see a five per cent rise in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity by 2023.

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