Daily Record is reporting that one in five Primary 1 school pupils are at risk of obesity, according to latest figures.
Since 2001, the number of overweight children has increased in deprived areas and fallen in more affluent communities.
The survey was carried out by the NHS and covered 52,500 P1 children in the 2017-18 school year by measuring their body mass index.
It showed that 22.4 per cent were at risk of being overweight or obese, mostly in deprived neighbourhoods.
The report said there are “substantial inequalities in child unhealthy weight across Scotland.” Scottish Lib Dem health spokesman, Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “Fostering healthy habits at a young age has real long-term benefits for families and our health service.”
Experts say higher quality food, breastfeeding, exercise and better sleep are needed to redress the balance – especially among boys, who are at a higher risk than girls.
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