Scotland: Government targets child weight-management inequality with £1.7m boost for health boards

06 September 2019

The Scottish Government is giving £1.7m to health boards as part of its push to reduce the number of overweight under-18s by half by 2030.

The money will go towards ensuring equal access to weight-management services across the country, in an attempt to tackle growing inequality in children’s obesity levels between the wealthiest and poorest areas.

Scotland’s public health minister Joe FitzPatrick said weight-management services would be a vital component of action to prevent and reduce childhood obesity, adding: ‘We want children and families to have access to the appropriate support, no matter where they live.’

The investment follows the publication by NHS Health Scotland of standards for weight-management services for under-18s.

Senior health improvement officer at NHS Health Scotland Suzanne Connolly said the standards were ‘designed to ensure all children and young people will receive the same weight-management support’.

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