New alliance launches to address obesity in Scotland

New alliance launches to address obesity in Scotland

05 December 2018

Scottish Obesity Alliance Logo

Today marks the launch of the Scottish Obesity Alliance, and the BDA is delighted to be a founding member. This new Alliance will provide a unified, influential and independent voice on one of the most significant public health challenges of our time. Working together we can create a Scotland where healthy food and physical activity are easy, acceptable, affordable and sustainable for all.

Scottish Obesity Alliance is a forum for organisations to collaborate to influence policy and practice on obesity prevention in Scotland. It is composed of leading national health charities, medical royal colleges, campaign groups and professional bodies with an interest in health and public health. We work together to influence the Scottish and UK Governments policy on overweight and obesity.

This is a critical time to come together to shape policy on obesity prevention. Two in three adults are either overweight or obese in Scotland, and 26% of children aged two to five years old are at risk of being overweight including 13% who are at risk of being obese. The proposals set out by the Scottish and UK Governments in A Healthier Future – Scotland’s Diet and Healthy Weight Plan, Scotland’s Physical Activity Delivery Plan and Childhood obesity: a plan for action, chapter 2 show commitment to action, however implementation of the recommended proposals is now urgently required to address the obesogenic environment.

Formally announced as Chair of Scotland’s Obesity Alliance at today’s launch, Elma Murray OBE said,

“As a long-serving public servant I have seen all too clearly the impact of unhealthy weight on our people and communities. However lasting change will only come if we create supportive and enabling environments for people to make the best choices. I am excited at the potential that this new Alliance will give us. I look forward to working with members to create a strong policy influence for change in Scotland.”

The new alliance launched with a manifesto outline, which shares a vision for a Scotland which promotes health and wellbeing. It also outlines key areas where urgent action is required. Members will collectively identify priority policy calls for action once the Alliance is established.

Notes to editor

  1. Elma Murray OBE. Elma Murray has been Chair of Young Scot (Scotland’s youth information and citizenship charity) since June 2017. She was previously Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council from 2009 to 2018 and has a local government career spanning around 35 years.

    She is passionate about public sector services and their vital role in supporting local people and the most vulnerable in our communities. She focuses on children’s services and inclusive growth.

    Elma has held several senior positions including Chair of SOLACE, Director of the Improvement Service, Depute Director of Finance and Head of Service Reform at Glasgow City Council, Head of IT Services at North Ayrshire and at Strathclyde Police.

    Elma was awarded an OBE for Services to Local Government, Education and the Economy in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

  2. For further information please contact Shruti Jain, Scottish Obesity Alliance, on or 07741 547669

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