Responding to a new report on Child Health published today, I've warned that unless dramatic steps are taken then poor health risks damaging the prospects for an entire generation of children.
The report, compiled by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), found that more than 210,000 children live in poverty, 28% are overweight or obese, and around 400 die each year in Scotland.
Scotland should aspire to be a world leader in children’s health yet our children have some of the worst health outcomes in Western Europe.
Experts are quite right to warn that unless we take dramatic action now then some children’s lives will be irrevocably damaged.
We need dramatic action to curb smoking, obesity and child mortality now. To kick this issue down the road is to doom another generation to ill health and dramatically reduced prospects.
Ministers must deliver the step change in child mental health that we so desperately need as well promoting initiatives such as physical activity and healthy eating, to give children the best possible start in life.