Arthritis rates place to soar By Dr Ananya Mandal According to fresh estimates the amount of people with arthritis is set to soar with predictions that 1,500,000 Scots will be coping with the condition by 2030. The report from charity Arthritis Care puts the rise right down to an ageing populace and growing obesity issue . The report, OA Nation 2012, said that one in five Scots who are over 50 and overweight will be affected by osteoarthritis, which can cause chronic fatigue and pain. Over fifty % of sufferers will be required to give up walking as it is too painful, the charity added. At present around 750,000 Scots are arthritic and the charity offers warned that the predicted rise will place an additional strain on the NHS.