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The Scottish Government will advocate world-leading proposals to restrict the promotion of unhealthy food when it unveils its strategy on tackling obesity later this year.


Its consultation on A Healthier Future - Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity, and Healthy Weight closed last month, with over 360 academics, health professionals, members of the general public and organisations, local authorities and members of the food and drinks industry responding. The consultation paper proposed restrictions on promoting or advertising specific types of food and drink, encouraging healthier more active lives, and encouraging better practice within the public sector and food and drink industry.


We’re committed to taking forward a package of bold measures to make it easier for people to make healthier choices and to empower personal change.


We fully appreciate all comments received to our consultation and will consider them carefully as we consider where our draft strategy can be strengthened.


Our forthcoming strategy will include world leading proposals to restrict the promotion of foods high in fat, salt or sugar. Improving the food environment is the single biggest change we want to see and we are not afraid to show ambition and daring in our approach.


We are backing the strategy with investment, committing £42m over five years on weight management services for those with or at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.


Responses ranged from a suggestion that crisps should be banned in schools to a call for the labelling traffic lights to be looked at again. In addition to the responses received directly by the Scottish Government, four organisations undertook consultation events with specific groups. Over 630 people participated in these consultation exercises.


The Scottish Government will consider the responses together with expert advice and evidence when developing the final strategy, due for publication this summer. The responses can be found here:






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