Obesity across Scotland

Levels of overweight adults by Scottish health board

The measure of an adult being overweight presented is defined as individuals having a body mass index (BMI) of over 25 (measure includes those who are obese).

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Almost two thirds of adults are overweight in Greater Glasgow and Clyde (62%), slightly lower than Scotland overall (65%). The proportions of adults who are overweight varied between health board areas. 

Levels of overweight adults by Scottish health board by sex

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In general, men are more likely to be overweight than women.

Adult obesity levels by Scottish health board

The measure of adult obesity presented is defined as individuals having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more.

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Just over a quarter of adults are obese in Greater Glasgow and Clyde (26%). This is lower than Scotland overall, and lower than Grampian and Tayside, but higher than Lothian.

Adult obesity levels by Scottish health board by sex

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In general more women tend to be obese than men and this is true in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Just under a quarter (24%) of adult men are obese in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, compared with just over a quarter of women (27%). This is lower than Scotland overall.

Notes

Source: Scottish Health Survey, 2013 to 2016

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