Paths for All joins new alliance to tackle obesity in Scotland

A new alliance of agencies and organisations have come together to outline their vision to tackle obesity.


This new Alliance will provide a unified, influential and independent voice on one of the most significant public health challenges of our time. We’re pleased to be working together to help 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. We are members alongside leading national health charities, medical royal colleges, campaign groups and professional bodies with an interest in health and public health.

2 in 3 adults are either overweight or obese in Scotland, and 26% of children aged 2 to 5 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 tackle the obesogenic environment.

Regular physical activity can support the management of a healthy weight. Our walking programmes and services support people of all ages and abilities to start walking more in their everyday life.

Formally announced as Chair of Scotland’s Obesity Alliance at yesterday’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.

The new alliance launched with a Manifesto outline, which shares a vision for a Scotland which promotes health and wellbeing.