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Obesity prevalence

Adults, 2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3726
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Government. (2018). Scottish Health Survey 2018. Available: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-health-survey-2018-volume-1-main-report/ (Last accessed 24.09.19)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3697
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Government. (2017). Scottish Health Survey 2017. Available: https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00540654.pdf. Last accessed 3rd Oct 2018.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2016

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4323
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2016 (http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/2970/downloads last accessed 3rd October 2017) Link to Key stats report - http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00525366.pdf Link to Main Report - http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00525472.pdf
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4118
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2015 (https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00505713.xls last accessed 8th Jan 2017)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4099
Area covered:4099
References:Health Survey for Scotland http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/12/9982/downloads (last accessed 9th December 2013)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4097
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0043/00434590.pdf
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2010

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4922
Area covered:Representative of Scotland
References:Scottish Health Survey 2010 http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/09/27084018/0
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2008

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4115
Area covered:National
References:Bromley C, Bradshaw P and Given L. (2009). 2008 Scottish Health Survey, Volume 1. The Scottish Government, Edinburgh.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2003

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:6675
References:http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/11/25145024/50251
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 1998

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:7455
References:Scottish Health Survey 1998
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1292
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Government. (2018). Scottish Health Survey 2018. Available: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-health-survey-2018-volume-1-main-report/ (Last accessed 24.09.19)
Notes:Not IOTF Cut off. 85th & 95th Percentiles
Cutoffs:Other

Children, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1603
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Government. (2017). Scottish Health Survey 2017. Available: https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00540654.pdf. Last accessed 3rd Oct 2018.
Cutoffs:Other

Children, 2016

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1075
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2016, Statistics available online at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey/Publications/Supplementary2015/Supplementary2016 (last accessed 2nd November 2017)
Notes:85th/95th Centile
Cutoffs:Other

Children, 2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:952
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2015. (http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey/Publications/Supplementary2015)
Notes:Smaller sample size <1000 (952) Percentile cut off 85-95th Overweight =>95th Obese =>98th Morbidly obese
Cutoffs:Other

Children, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:11
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013, Data analysed by Danielle Sharfman (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Rachel Jackson Leach on behalf of the World Obesity Federation
Notes:IOTF International Cut off points used. Using WHO cut off 32.9% boys either overweight or obese, 30% girls overweight or obese
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1274
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2012 http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0043/00434590.pdf
Notes:85th Centile
Cutoffs:Other

Children, 2010

Survey type:Measured
Age:14-16
Sample size:1232 (whole sample 2-16yrs)
Area covered:National (Scotland)
References:Health Survey for Scotland (data re-analysed by IASO)
Notes:IOTF Child Cut Off points
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 1994

Survey type:Measured
Age:4-11
Sample size:30744 = Total number included from Scotland and England for the duration of the study
References:Chinn S, Rona RJ. Prevalence and trends inoverweight and obesity in three cross sectional studies of British children, 1974-94. BMJ (2001);322:24-26
Notes:IOTF Cut off. Reference: Cole TJ, Bellizzi MC, Flegal KM, Dietz WH. Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: International survey. BMJ. 2000 May 6;320(7244):1240-3.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 1984

Survey type:Measured
Age:4-11
Sample size:30744 = Total number included from Scotland and England for the duration of the study
References:Chinn S, Rona RJ. Prevalence and trends inoverweight and obesity in three cross sectional studies of British children, 1974-94. BMJ (2001);322:24-26
Notes:IOTF Cut off. Reference: Cole TJ, Bellizzi MC, Flegal KM, Dietz WH. Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: International survey. BMJ. 2000 May 6;320(7244):1240-3.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 1974

Survey type:Measured
Age:4-11
Sample size:30755 = Total number included from Scotland and England for the duration of the study
References:Chinn S, Rona RJ. Prevalence and trends inoverweight and obesity in three cross sectional studies of British children, 1974-94. BMJ (2001);322:24-26
Notes:IOTF Cut off. Reference: Cole TJ, Bellizzi MC, Flegal KM, Dietz WH. Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: International survey. BMJ. 2000 May 6;320(7244):1240-3.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by age

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:3697
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Government. (2017). Scottish Health Survey 2017. Available: https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00540654.pdf. Last accessed 3rd Oct 2018.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2016

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:1561
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2016. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/2970/downloads
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2015

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:4118
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2015 (https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00505713.xls last accessed 8th Jan 2017)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:4107
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:1603
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Government. (2017). Scottish Health Survey 2017. Available: https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00540654.pdf. Last accessed 3rd Oct 2018.
Cutoffs:Other

Children, 2016

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:1075
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2016 http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey
Notes:=> 85th Centile Overweight or obese
Cutoffs:Other

Children, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:1347
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013
Notes:NOT IOTF International Cut off Overweight 85-95th Centile Obese => 95th Centile
Cutoffs:Other

Overweight/obesity by region

Boys, 2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-17
Sample size:1018
Area covered:National (but small sample)
References:Scottish Health Survey 2015, Renanalysis by R Jackson Leach of the World Obesity Federation
Notes:IOTF International cut off NB SMALL SAMPLE SIZES & COMBINED REGIONS
Cutoffs:IOTF

Girls, 2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-17
Sample size:1018
Area covered:National (but small sample)
References:Scottish Health Survey 2015, Renanalysis by R Jackson Leach of the World Obesity Federation
Notes:IOTF International cut off NB SMALL SAMPLE SIZES & COMBINED REGIONS
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by socio-economic group

Men, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3697
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Government. (2017). Scottish Health Survey 2017. Available: https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00540654.pdf. Last accessed 3rd Oct 2018.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3697
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Government. (2017). Scottish Health Survey 2017. Available: https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00540654.pdf. Last accessed 3rd Oct 2018.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2016

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3583
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2016. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/2970/downloads
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2016

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3583
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2016. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/2970/downloads
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4118
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2015 (https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00505713.xls last accessed 8th Jan 2017)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4118
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2015 (https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00505713.xls last accessed 8th Jan 2017)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4107
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/12/9982/0 (last accessed 24 Sept 2015)
Notes:Occupation
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4107
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/12/9982/0 (last accessed 24 Sept 2015)
Notes:Occupation
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4107
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/12/9982/0 (last accessed 24 Sept 2015)
Notes:Income
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4107
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/12/9982/0 (last accessed 24 Sept 2015)
Notes:Income
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4107
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/12/9982/0 (last accessed 24 Sept 2015)
Notes:Deprivation
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:4107
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/12/9982/0 (last accessed 24 Sept 2015)
Notes:Deprivation
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Boys, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1603
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Government. (2017). Scottish Health Survey 2017. Available: https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00540654.pdf. Last accessed 3rd Oct 2018.
Cutoffs:Other

Girls, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1603
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Government. (2017). Scottish Health Survey 2017. Available: https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00540654.pdf. Last accessed 3rd Oct 2018.
Cutoffs:Other

Boys, 2016

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1075
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2016 http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey
Notes:SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) Quintiles 5 Least Deprived - 1 Most Deprived Not IOTF Cut off => 85th Centile overweight or obese
Cutoffs:Other

Girls, 2016

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1075
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2016 http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey
Notes:SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) Quintiles 5 Least Deprived - 1 Most Deprived Not IOTF Cut off => 85th Centile overweight or obese
Cutoffs:Other

Boys, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1308
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/12/9982/0 (last accessed 24 Sept 2015)
Notes:Deprivation Overweight (>= 85th %ile to < 95th %ile) Obese (>= 95th %ile)
Cutoffs:Other

Girls, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1308
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/12/9982/0 (last accessed 24 Sept 2015)
Notes:Deprivation Overweight (>= 85th %ile to < 95th %ile) Obese (>= 95th %ile)
Cutoffs:Other

Boys, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1308
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/12/9982/0 (last accessed 24 Sept 2015)
Notes:Overweight (>= 85th to < 95th Percentile) Obese (>= 95th Perentiile)
Cutoffs:Other

Girls, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1308
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/12/9982/0 (last accessed 24 Sept 2015)
Notes:Overweight (>= 85th to < 95th Percentile) Obese (>= 95th Perentiile)
Cutoffs:Other

Boys, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1308
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013
Notes:Income Overweight (>= 85th to < 95th Percentile) Obese (>= 95th Percentile)
Cutoffs:Other

Girls, 2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:1308
Area covered:National
References:Scottish Health Survey 2013
Notes:Income Overweight (>= 85th to < 95th Percentile) Obese (>= 95th Percentile)
Cutoffs:Other

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