Public health minister Gillian Merron has issued a warning that parents must be careful as one in five babies born on New Year's Day faces obesity risk. It is estimated that of the 1,500 Scottish babies born on January 1, some 300 will grow up to be obese or overweight.
"Unless we take action, one in five babies likely to be born this New Year's Day could be obese by the time they start school. What happens in the first years of a baby's life has a big effect on how healthy they are in the future," Ms Merron warned.
AdvertisementShe added that this was the main reason why the government has launched the Start4Life campaign, which "will support pregnant women and parents of babies and give their families a good start for a healthier life."
The campaign will help mothers in undertaking proper breastfeeding and will also assist new parents in making healthy choices for their kids.