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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20508: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take in response to new research that suggests that idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) predominantly affects women who are obese.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 9 January 2019

The Scottish Government recognises that Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) mainly affects women in their 20s and 30s who have been identified as being overweight or obese, although it is not clear why.

IIH is often detected by optometrists when viewing patients’ optic discs as part of eye examinations. The Scottish Government funds universal free eye examinations for everyone in Scotland. If people (or their GP) are concerned about headaches, which is the main symptom of this condition, they can arrange an examination with an optometrist without delay. Referral for urgent review by ophthalmology can be made by the optometrist where there is suspicion of this condition.

In July 2018, following wide consultation with stakeholders, the Scottish Government published a Healthier Future: Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan. This sets out a vision for everyone in Scotland to eat well and have a healthy weight. The plan’s third outcome makes a commitment to improve access to effective weight management services, as a way of reducing health conditions associated with excess weight. There is a strong focus on prevention while also recognising that some people need additional support to help them achieve a healthy weight.