Scottish government crackdown on unhealthy food offers

From BBC - October 26, 2017

The promotion of food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt is to be restricted in Scotland, ministers have confirmed.

The Scottish government plans the move as part of its new diet and obesity strategy to help people lose weight.

Ministers also want to see the broadcast of TV adverts for unhealthy food banned before the 21:00 watershed.

Public health minister Aileen Campbell said obesity "significantly increases" the risk of developing conditions like diabetes, heart disease and depression.

The move has won the approval of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who Tweeted that the government "just took a giant step in putting kids' health first".

Ms Campbell launched a consultation on the plans at Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh, where she met participants in the Football Fans in Training programme.

She later told MSPs that the government was putting forward "bold" measures which would "make a real, lasting difference to the country's health".

These include plans to restrict price promotions on food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt in areas around visitor attractions and on routes to schools, and 40m of investment to deliver almost 100,000 "supported weight management interventions" for people with or at risk of type two diabetes.

Ms Campbell also said that if the UK government did not commit to banning TV adverts for unhealthy food before the 21:00 watershed, the Scottish government would ask for powers to be devolved so it could do so itself.


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