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Learning young! Aileen joined these primary one children sampling fruit and vegetables at a Healthy Living day in Brownlies of Biggar. 

(Pic: Scottish Grocers Federation Healthy Living Programme)                         

 

You may be struggling with your own New Year resolutions by now, but you can still help the Scottish Government make Scotland a healthier place. 

Combatting obesity and its crippling effect on health must be a priority for everyone and from now until January 31we are inviting your views in a national consultation: A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight.

The most recent figures show that two thirds (65%) of adults in Scotland were overweight, including 29% who were obese in 2016; and 87% of adults who have type 2 diabetes aged 16-54 years were overweight.

As a nation, our diet can often leave much to be desired. The pace of modern life means that all too many of us, too frequently, eat food that is quick, cheap and high in calories. .

Our diets, activity, and weight are among the biggest public health challenges we face, with very significant preventable impacts on our health, public services and the Scottish economy.

The primary aim now is to reduce the public health harm associated with poor diet and the excessive consumption of food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar, including the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, 13 types of cancer and other conditions such as cardiovascular disease and depression.

The problem is much wider than individual choice; the Scottish Government wants to change the food culture, and to do this it is considering restricting price promotion, such as multi-buys, on food and drink products which are high in fat, salt and sugar.

It is also looking at strengthening arrangements for food labelling – listing high calories might encourage producers to rethink their products! – and is investing money to help smaller companies reformulate their food.

See the ideas, and take part in the Scottish Government consultation online at https://consult.gov.scot/health-and-social-care/a-healthier-future/

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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