Healthy Eating, Active Living (2008 - 2011)

This strategy outlined how the Scottish Government has set out to improve the nation's diet, encourage greater physical activity and establish a base for tackling obesity. The strategy sets out early years as a key life stage in which action should take place up until 2011.  This strategy has now been replaced by the 'Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotland: A Route Map Towards Healthy Weight' and 'Lets Make Scotland More Active'.

It has been estimated that the cost to the NHS in Scotland of obesity in 2003 was £171m. More recently, the Foresight Report by the UK Government Office for Science, Tackling Obesities (2007), stated that if current trends are to continue across the UK at the present rate then by 2050 it is estimated the cost to the UK's health service will be almost £50 billion at today's prices.

The strategy identified the immediate short term actions to contribute to improving diet, increasing levels of physical activity, and helping to tackle obesity. The strategy set out actions to:

  • Create the best environment that promotes a mother's and child's health
  • Improve nutritional status
  • Help mothers understand that the future health of their child is dependent on their diet and lifestyle.