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Scottish Government allocates additional £40m to tackle obesity epidemic

Diabetes UK Scotland welcomes today's announcement from Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing that additional funding is to be given to tackle Scotland's obesity epidemic.

In the Scottish Parliament today, the Government announced an £40 million package over the next three years to drive through health improvements, with a particular focus on obesity.

"This is certainly a step in the right direction," said Diabetes UK Scotland Director, Audrey Birt.

"Recent statistics suggest that Scotland has one of the highest levels of obesity among OECD* countries, second only to the USA. Type 2 diabetes is one of the main health risks associated with obesity and it is important that we support people to achieve a healthy weight to halt the diabetes epidemic."

Diabetes UK Scotland has been invited to meet the Cabinet Secretary to discuss issues around diabetes prevention and diagnosis.

*Member countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

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