Healthy Eating, Active Living strategy in pregnancy

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  This strategy has now been replaced by the 'Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotland: A Route Map Towards Healthy Weight' and 'Lets Make Scotland More Active'.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. The Forsight 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 that the cost ti tge UK's health service will be almost £50 billion at today's proces.

The strategy identifies the immediate short term actions to contribute to improving diet, increasing levels of physical activity required and helping to tackle obesity. It highlights the importance of improving the nutirtion of women of childbearing age and pregnant women, as dietary intake before and during pregnancy has been shown to have positive impacts on women's health during pregnancy, on pregnancy outcome, and later health of the baby.

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