Figures show one in 10 North-east five-year-olds obese

Obesity in children is a growing problem.

ONE in 10 five-year-olds and one in four adults in the North-east are officially obese, according to new figures.

A report for NHS Grampian’s health board highlighted a “significant rise” in adult obesity and also revealed that child obesity was now above the Scottish average.

The report said 63.1% of people aged 16 or older in Grampian were overweight and 24.8% were obese.

It added: “There has been a significant rise in adult male obesity levels between 2003 and 2013.

“In Grampian the rise was from 18.9% to 25.4% of the population.

“This compares to a rise of 2.5% in the Scottish male population, from 22.4% to 24.9%.”

Obesity levels in women rose from 19.9% to 24.1%, while the Scottish average increased from 26% to 29.3%.

Child obesity as measured among primary one pupils increased to 10.7% in 2013/14 and moved from being below to above the Scottish average.

The report said: “The annual cost to NHS Scotland of overweight and obesity combined may be as much as £600 million.”

Christopher Littlejohn, Consultant in Public Health, said: “Obesity is increasingly common, affecting one in four adults and one in 10 children in Grampian.

“While true that some people can be healthy at any weight, the reality is that obesity increases the risk of a wide range of serious health problems.”