Scots back junk food crackdown

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The Scottish Government is planning measures to restrict the sale of unhealthy food in a bid to tackle obesity

29th January 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

The majority of Scots would support plans for a crackdown on junk food sales.

A study by Cancer Research UK has found that Scottish Government proposals to restrict promotions for fatty, sugary or salty foods are backed by 62% of Scots.

The research also showed that 82% of those questioned felt that supermarket deals encourage people to eat unhealthily. Two-thirds of those surveyed said they were worried about their weight or the weight of someone in their immediate family.

"This survey shows that obesity is a worry for all of us – and with good reason,” said Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK's cancer prevention expert.

"Obesity is linked to 13 different types of cancer.

“When we stock our cupboards with cheap chocolate, crisps and biscuits, we are getting far more than we bargained for.

"Obesity costs us dearly and this survey tells us the public want action."


The Scottish Government will hold a debate on obesity this week, ahead of World Cancer Day on 4 February.

Richard Lochhead MSP, co-convener of the cross-parliamentary group on food, said: "The Scottish Government has pledged to take forward a series of bold measures to tackle obesity, including restricting multi-buy promotions on junk food.

"As World Cancer Day approaches, we need to see everyone unite behind these ambitious and world-leading plans.

"This is Scotland's chance to tip the scales in favour of a healthier future."