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Health Profile - Glasgow

Alcohol - alcohol related deaths to double by 2030


Simple projections of alcohol related deaths based on recent trends suggest that the number of alcohol related deaths in Glasgow could double in the next twenty years.

Obesity - nearly 25% of women are obese


A fifth of males and almost a quarter of females in Greater Glasgow are now estimated to be obese.

Smoking - Glaswegians are kicking the habit


Smoking rates in Glasgow have fallen considerably in the last thirty years.

Life Expectancy - the highest mortality rates in Scotland

Elderly woman

Glasgow's death rate now exceeds the birth rate and without significant change in these rates the city's population is likely to drop further.

Greater Glasgow not only has the communities with the highest mortality rates in Scotland, but also those with the lowest mortality.

The gap in life expectancy between the least and most affluent parts of Glasgow has widened noticeably over the last 20 years.

Many of the healthiest and least healthy communities within Glasgow remain unchanged from a hundred years ago.

Tackling Glasgow's ills - new initiatives for a healthier city


A number of schemes have been put in place to improve the lives of Glaswegians.

More exercise, better food, lifestyle changes and stubbing out cigarettes all feature in Glasgow's plans.

These groundbreaking schemes hope to create a fitter, healthier and happier city.

Information provided by Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Last updated: 18th January 2007

Dr Linda de Caestecker looks at initiatives to improve the health of all Glaswegians.

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Smoking Concerns
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Dr Linda de Caestecker

Dr Linda de Caestecker

  • Linda joined NHS Greater Glasgow in 1993 as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and was appointed Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, in November 2006.
  • Her priorities are interventions, like the Starting Well programme, that aim to improve the immediate and long-term health of families with young children in Glasgow.

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