Scotland trials French-style way of tackling obesity

A French-inspired method of tackling childhood obesity is to be trialled north of the border, the Scottish Government has announced.

Shona Robison, Scotland's public health minister, launched the Healthy Weight Communities initiative yesterday (May 28th) after programmes in France were shown to reduce instances of childhood obesity and maternal weight gain during an eight-year period.

"Like their French inspirations, our Healthy Weight Communities will bring whole towns together to get more active and eat more healthily," Ms Robison said.

"They'll embrace everything from breastfeeding support groups to walking clubs and healthy local gala days."

Ms Robison added that the communities will involve local councils, the NHS and the voluntary and private sectors during the programme.

Obesity is a series problem in Scotland and is believed to be the cause of almost half of the country's cases of type-2 diabetes - a figure that amounts to 100,000 people.

Figures have suggested that one in five 11 and 12-year-olds in Scotland are obese.


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