Updated after access to full presentation: Scottish Government actions to cause obesity to plateau in Scotland as it soars in England and Wales: BBC Scotland ignore this.

Based on research led by Laura Webber of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, reported in the Independent today:

‘Under current trends it is predicted that 11 per cent of the population in Wales will be morbidly obese in 2035, roughly 340,000 adults, while Scotland is likely to plateau at about 5 per cent and England will rise to about 8 per cent.’

The researchers offer a surprisingly clear, confident and simple explanation for the significantly slower growth in Scotland – Scottish Government policy initiatives and resource allocation:

‘The government put a massive push on developing a route map for how we can actually combat this. They put together resources from the NHS that were proving to be effective. They did put a lot of work into it.’

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/morbid-obesity-double-britain-poverty-education-employment-study-a8369731.html

Further evidence of the effectiveness of the above initiatives:

‘However, almost no 15-to-24-year-old males in Scotland are expected to fall within this category, compared to 6% of the same group in England, the data shows.’

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/five-million-british-people-will-be-morbidly-obese-by-2035-study-shows-2/

Now having access to the above table, we can see enormous differences in the predicted morbid obesity figures for males in Scotland and  England, right across the age categories, including my own – I feel inspired to eat less!

Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland was careful to omit any reference to the part played by the Scottish Government.

BBC TV seem to have ignored the research in favour of:

YouTube stars ‘might encourage kids to eat more calories’

CHAT: Would pictures of rotten teeth on sugary drinks put you off them?

with only a lone tweet featuring the Independent headline:

Morbid obesity in Britain to double within 20 years

No sign of BBC Scotland reporting this. Watch out for it in any TV broadcasts today.

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9 thoughts on “Updated after access to full presentation: Scottish Government actions to cause obesity to plateau in Scotland as it soars in England and Wales: BBC Scotland ignore this.

  1. Alasdair Macdonald May 26, 2018 / 9:21 am

    It was reported on Good Morning Scotland this morning. There were no ‘Ah, but ….’ or other equivocations.

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    • John May 26, 2018 / 10:28 am

      No , they kept that venom for the interview with Jackie Baillie and her Cons sidekick about the Growth Commission report !

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      • Alasdair Macdonald May 26, 2018 / 12:37 pm

        I had not noticed that omission. I tend to have the programme on in the background, mainly for weather and travel updates.

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  2. johnrobertson834 May 26, 2018 / 10:15 am

    Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland was careful to omit any reference to the part played by the Scottish Government.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Gerry Robertson May 29, 2018 / 9:19 am

    In BBC language we are all apparently doomed under the SNP

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