Comment on diet and obesity strategy consultation (1)

26 October 2017

We are facing an obesity crisis in Scotland. Two in every three adults are overweight or obese. People of a healthy weight are now in the minority.

The current obesity crisis is clearly linked to our overconsumption of energy dense foods and drinks. We are bombarded with special offers and slick advertising on unhealthy foods and this significantly influences our choices.

We have been calling for bold and ambitious action from Scottish Government to tackle this issue and today they launched “A Healthier Future - Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight” Consultation Document.

Lorraine Tulloch, Programme Lead at Obesity Action Scotland said “We are delighted to welcome and support this document. It puts transforming our food environment at the heart of the drive to improve our nation’s diet. The Government has outlined the bold action they propose to take including legislative action on price promotions, tackling advertising, improving the choices we have when we eat out and improving food and drink labelling.   All of these changes will help make it easier for everyone to make the healthy choice when filling their shopping baskets or eating out.”