Border Terrier attempts to drag Mrs Prof into sea to begin triathlon training
According to Scottish National Heritage (SNH), the number of outdoor trips made by Scots, including English, Polish, Pakistani, Chinese and other Scots, increased from 396 million to 547 million in only four years. Please note that I have used BBC Scotland’s editorial guidelines on adding up smaller percentage increases to produce a nice big one for my headline.
The report also indicated that more than half of those surveyed, reported getting out every week with many visits taking place in urban areas and with increasing experiences of nature closer to home than in the past.
The most common reason given for visiting the great outdoors was to exercise a dog followed by health and exercise. Two-thirds of those who visited the outdoors felt it had improved their physical health as well as helping them to reduce stress.
While tackling obesity has required multiple strategies, the above trend must have played some part in the stabilising then reducing levels currently being denied by our Nomedia. See these two sources:
- From Growing Up in Scotland: Overweight and Obesity at Age 10:
‘Historic data from the survey shows that the prevalence of overweight [in Scotland] including obesity remained relatively stable between 1998 and 2016, fluctuating between 28% and 33%. However, in recent years levels of obesity have shown a steady decline dropping from 17% in 2014. This is largely due to a decline in obesity amongst boys which have dropped from 20% in 2012 to 12% in 2017 [40%].’ (14)
2. From the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:
‘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.’