Scottish Cities

Obesity among P1 children, Scottish cities
BMI Scottishcities 201819

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In 2018/19, 8.6% of Glaswegian primary 1 pupils were obese or severely obese, the highest of the Scottish cities. Glasgow and Dundee had higher rates of childhood obesity for almost all years from 2011/12.


Children who are in their first year of primary school (P1 pupils usually aged 4-5 years old) have their height and weight measured and results recorded on a national  child health school system. These measurements can be used to estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children based on a reference population representing the normal pattern of growth for healthy children (UK 1990 growth reference standards).  A child is classified as overweight if his/her BMI is in the highest ten percent of values for boys and girls of this age and obese if his/her BMI is in the highest five per cent.  A child with a BMI  that is in the top two percent is classified as severely obese. Historically, within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, data have only been collected in Renfrewshire, but the entire Board area has been covered since 2011/12.

Figures from elsewhere in Scotland can be accessed here.

Obesity has also been included in some of the reports from the Growing Up in Scotland Study - section 6.5.

Information about diet and physical activity can be found in the children's lifestyle section and the adult's lifestyle section of this site.

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