Scottish cities

Overweight or obese adults, Scottish Cities

lifestyle weight overweight SCOT 2020

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Almost two thirds of adults are overweight in Glasgow (61%), slightly lower than Scotland overall (65%). The proportions of adults who are overweight was lower in Edinburgh (53%). In Scotland overall, men are more likely to be overweight than women, while in Glasgow the women are slightly more likely to be overweight.

Obese adults, Scottish Cities

lifestyle weight obese SCOT 2020

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Just over a quarter of adults are obese in Glasgow (27%). This is lower than Scotland overall, but higher than Aberdeen and Edinburgh. In Scotland more women tend to be obese than men, particularly in Glasgow where the female rate of obesity (32%) is higher than for Scotland overall (30%).

The information shown above is based on a survey sample, i.e. based on only a subset of people in each area. As with all analysis from survey data, there is a degree of uncertainty around how estimates from a subset of people accurately reflect the data from all individuals.

Adult BMI is calculated as body mass divided by the square of body height for an individual, and is universally expressed in units of kg/m². 

Overweight is defined as having a BMI of 25 or over (and includes those who are obese).

Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or over.

Additional Resources

  • Resource
    Wednesday, 11 June 2014

    Exploring alcohol-related harm in Glasgow

    A new report from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health explores the increasing burden of alcohol related deaths in Glasgow from a local, national and international context.
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    Thursday, 26 May 2011

    Your Better Life Index

    A new, interactive index allowing users to measure and compare their lives.
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    Sunday, 1 November 2009

    Miniature Glasgow - Video

    An extension of the GCPH's work profiling Glasgow's health, produced in collaboration with the International Future Forum.
  • Resource
    Wednesday, 19 August 2009

    A Games Legacy for Glasgow

    Brochure outlining the potential legacy of Glasgow's role as Commonwealth Games host city in 2014.
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    Friday, 17 July 2009

    Views of Health in Glasgow - Video

    Originally produced for an international audience at a conference in Pittsburgh, USA, this film provides insights on health concerns and beliefs drawn from interviews with Glaswegians themselves and with a group of health experts.
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    Monday, 3 April 2006

    Let Glasgow Flourish

    A comprehensive report on health and its determinants in Glasgow and West Central Scotland
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