Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Aberdeen in need of ‘transformational change’ as city’s obesity crisis revealed

Post Thumbnail

A campaign to tackle the north-east high fat eating culture will be launched after it emerged six out of 10 Aberdonians are overweight or obese.

The shock statistics were presented to a meeting of the Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership yesterday.

Now a new educational strategy called Grampian City Good Food will be launched, in an attempt to bring a culture change to Aberdeen.

The plan includes a massive education campaign targeting various communities in the city, creating more allotments and urging local suppliers to make healthier products.

Public bodies will also be expected to buy healthier food for staff, and there will be a drive to reduce food waste.

>> Keep up to date with the latest news with The P&J newsletter

The UK has some of the highest rates of obesity in Europe and it is a huge financial burden on the NHS and other services, with even young children now becoming increasingly overweight.

In Aberdeen, 16.6% of primary one children were overweight or obese, compared with 14.8% for Aberdeenshire.

A combination of a more sedentary lifestyle and eating more has led to a massive increase over recent decades.

Scotland, and the north-east, has a culture of eating high-fat food and drinking high-calorie sugar-filled drinks.

A report presented to the integrated joint board (IJB) of the partnership yesterday said that the “most vulnerable or deprived” were at the biggest risk.

It reads: “Good food is vital to the quality of people’s life and every person in Aberdeen should have the opportunity to access healthy, tasty and affordable food.

“The level of overweight and obesity is also one of the biggest public health challenges… much of that harm is from over eating high energy dense food and drinks and generally poor diets.

“Supporting people to make changes to their diet and weight will require a range of innovative ideas and solutions to truly make the transformational change to our existing food culture.”

IJB vice-chairman Jonathan Passmore said: “It’s fundamental that we need to get out the message about a healthy diet and the core of that message has to be first and foremost about healthy eating.

“We will need to keep a close eye on the action plan.”

Aberdeen SNP councillor Gill Al-Samarai, who sits on the IJB, said: “Every person in Aberdeen should have the opportunity to access healthy and affordable food. This initiative will go a long way in making that a reality.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in