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Scottish Obesity Alliance will work to influence public policy

05 December 2018

The British Psychological Society has joined a new alliance of agencies and organisations that has come together to tackle obesity in Scotland.

Launched this afternoon, the Scottish Obesity Alliance will provide a unified, influential and independent voice on one of the most significant public health challenges of our time. It aims to create a Scotland where healthy food and physical activity are easy, acceptable, affordable and sustainable for all.

The Scottish Obesity Alliance will be a forum for organisations to collaborate to influence policy and practice on obesity prevention in Scotland. It is composed of leading national health charities, medical royal colleges, campaign groups and professional bodies with an interest in health and public health.

Official figures show that two in three adults in Scotland are either overweight or obese and 26 per cent of children aged between two and five are at risk of being overweight, including 13 per cent who are at risk of being obese.

The new alliance has published with a manifesto outline, which shares a vision for a Scotland which promotes health and wellbeing. The manifesto also outlines key areas where urgent action is required:

  • Protect our young
  • Make healthy choices easy
  • Create healthy environments
  • Develop a strong workforce
  • Tackle inequalities in obesity

Sarab Bajwa, chief executive of the British Psychological Society, said:

“The British Psychological Society is pleased to be a member of the Scottish Obesity Alliance.

Obesity is a public health issue that needs urgent action and psychologists have a significant and positive contribution to make, using evidence-based interventions, with overweight and obese populations.”

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