High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Much of Scotland's poor health record can be attributed to its unhealthy eating habits. As set out in the 1993 report of the Scottish Office working party on diet, excess consumption of saturated fat, salt and sugar, and low consumption of fruit and vegetables are all risk factors associated with one or more of cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and obesity. 1
The proportion of adults meeting the recommended daily intake of five or more portions of fruit and vegetables has not changed significantly since 2003 (ranging between 21 and 23 percent of adults). In 2010 a higher proportion of women consumed five or more a day (23%) than men (20%).
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Source: Scottish Health Survey
1. Scotland's Health - A Challenge to us all: The Scottish Diet. Edinburgh: The Scottish Office, 1993.