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Growing up in Scotland: Overweight and Obesity at Age 10

Growing up in Scotland: Overweight and Obesity at Age 10

Monday, November 26, 2018

ISBN: 9781787813687

The report uses data from the Growing Up in Scotland study to investigate trajectories of overweight and obesity during the primary school years and identify key risk factors.

Executive Summary

This report explores rates of overweight and obesity amongst 10 year old children in Scotland and examines how these vary between children with different characteristics. It also investigates whether the level of overweight/obesity changes as the children grow older (from 6 to 10 years of age), and whether the changes are associated with the children’s demographic and socio-economic characteristics. Uniquely, using the study’s longitudinal data, the report illustrates how individual weight status changes - that is, what proportion of children move into or out of overweight/obesity between the age of 6 and 10 – and identifies the demographic, socio-economic and related characteristics associated with those changes.