Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I blame alcohol, white pudding suppers, mars bars, the weather, low self esteem.......

According to an official study from the Scottish Executive Government, we Scots are the second fattest in the world. You could have blown me over with a feather when I read this.

Scotland has the second highest level of obesity in the developed world, official statistics show.

Only America has a higher percentage of overweight adults, according to a recent Scottish Executive report.

An obese woman walks down a street, Scotland is second in the world for obesity
Among adults, one man in four and one woman in five are obese in Scotland

The figures were published as ministers announced their intention to move ahead with proposals to make school food healthier.

From September next year, young people will no longer be able to buy sweets or fizzy drinks from school vending machines, and canteens will be forced to limit the number of times they serve chips.

The first comprehensive survey of its kind, researchers said yesterday's report was designed to highlight "the seriousness" of Scotland's obesity problem.

It shows that approximately one boy in six and one girl in seven in Scotland is obese. Among adults that number rises to one man in four and one woman in five.

This places Scotland second among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nations, with only America having a worse record.

The figures also show that obesity is not limited to deprived inner cities. More than 70 per cent of men and 65 per cent of women in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles are either overweight or obese — the highest number in Scotland.

I can't remember having enough food when I was growing up, to get fat far less morbidly obese.

I have a huge chip on my shoulder about being second best again. I mean what would it take to be the fattest?


Shades said...

I don't think Scotland is ever likely to catch up with the 'Merkins.

On your blame list, you forgot the Welfare State and the Barnet Formula...

Heather Yaxley said...

A bit more chasing of the wee haggises (hagii?) creatures might help!!

jmb said...

You have to admit they do have a very unhealthy diet. All that heavy fried food and all the sweet shops!
One area you don't want to be number 1! or 2 or 3 or...

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