GET FIT AND GO ON DIET? FAT CHANCE; Scots Are Too Lazy to Fight the Flab
Byline: By LESLEY ROBERTS
SCOTLAND is a nation of chubbies...but we can't be bothered to do anything about it.
A poll has found 80 per cent of us think obesity is a serious problem, with one in three gravely concerned about it.
And nearly half of all Scots women, 49 per cent, believe they are overweight, with one in nine describing themselves as "very overweight".
But few of us make any serious effort to fight the flab.
More than a quarter of the 1012 sampled - 280 people - had tried taking more exercise, while only 232 (23 per cent) had tried to eat more healthily in the past year.
Around 141 people (14 per cent) used a gym or health club on a regular basis.
And 41 per cent, or 416 people, had done nothing at all to improve their lifestyle.
The survey by TNS System Three found a worrying discrepancy between how Scots see themselves and what they are prepared to do about it.
The findings come in the week Prime Minister Gordon Brown declared war on the obesity epidemic to try to halt an imminent public health disaster.
The Government forecasts that half the population will be obese by 2050 and experts claimit is as great a threat as global warming to the future well-being of the UK.
The study showed young Scots are far less concerned than their more mature counterparts, although they are well aware of the problem.
Men are less likely to consider themselves overweight with just 39 per cent - 188 people - admitting to carrying extra pounds. In the poll, 261 women thought they were too heavy.
But few people combined a healthy diet with regular exercise, choosing instead to dabble with one or the other.
TNS boss Chris Eynon said: "The biggest issue to emerge is that people are aware they might be a little overweight but it's something they'll worry about tomorrow.
"This is the very reason the forecast is so bad for 2050. The survey shows people are slowly drifting towards obesity, thinking it's not an issue for them right now. This is the time to stop and say, 'Right, I need to do something about this now'."
COLIN, 41, managing director,
Bridge of Don, Aberdeen
Height: 5ft 8in
BMI: 25. …