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Fast Facts - Obesity

Obesity is associated with many illnesses and is directly related to increased mortality and reduced life expectancy.

Obesity causes breathlessness, sweating, snoring, difficulty sleeping, inability to cope with sudden physical activity, tiredness, back and joint  pains.

Obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, some cancers and mental health problems.

Half of all children could be dangerously overweight by 2050 if drastic action is not taken to halt the growth in childhood obesity.

Obesity affects one boy in six and one girl in seven in Scotland.

Many obese children have developed type II diabetes which can lead to complications such as nerve damage, heart disease, kidney disease and blindness.

Scottish women in the most affluent areas are twice as likely to eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetable a day than those in the most deprived areas.

In 2003, almost two-thirds of Scottish men and more than half of Scottish women were overweight. 22% of men and 24% of women were obese.