Funding for consistency in healthy weight services

NHS helped to meet under-18 weight management service targets

Monday 8th July 2019

Health boards are to benefit from an additional £1.7m so they can meet new guidelines drawn up to make weight-loss and healthy diet courses across the country more consistent.

NHS Health Scotland drew up the new standards for under-18s after a 2016 report found ‘wide variations’ in the way Scotland’s 14 health boards approached weight management services.

While the government is aiming to halve childhood obesity by 2030, a recent survey found more than a third of Scottish children are overweight and many parents struggle to recognise their child is not of a healthy weight.

Joe FitzPatrick, the Public Health Minister, said: “We want children and families to have access to the appropriate support to achieve as healthy a weight as possible, no matter where they live.

“We are committed to supporting local partners across health and local government to develop ambitious and effective plans to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Weight management services will be a vital component of effective action.”

Suzanne Connolly, senior health improvement officer at NHS Health Scotland, added: “We all have a responsibility to work together to help people in Scotland to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

“There is growing inequality in the prevalence of obesity between children in our wealthiest and poorest areas, and we have to address it.

“The standards published by NHS Health Scotland are designed to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland will receive the same high quality weight management support, informed by the best evidence available and good practice.”