"Obesity battle still being lost"

Welsh Conservatives have today called for ‘swifter action’ on obesity from Welsh Ministers, as new statistics reveal the number of overweight or obese adults has increased.

 

‘Initial headline results’ from the 2012 Welsh Health Survey – published today – show 59 per cent of all adults aged 16 or over were classed as obese in 2012. That number stood at 57 per cent in 2011.

 

Other headline results include:

 

‘A slight decrease in smoking rates … little change in physical activity during this time. Compared with guidelines, there has been a small decline in levels of drinking and in fruit and vegetable consumption since 2008 (when the current questions were introduced)’.

 

 

Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:

 

“It’s quite clear that the obesity battle is still being lost in Wales.

 

“This increase will only heap more pressure on an NHS already buckling under the weight of Labour’s record-breaking budget cuts.

 

“Carwyn Jones’ government needs to provide stronger leadership, better education and much-improved access to information.

 

“For the sake of future generations, we should be tackling these issues at their roots and supporting all families to live healthy lifestyles.

 

“Time is running out and swifter action is needed.”