Region’s high ratio of overweight kids
South west figures above national average
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.