Help us Scale Down Cancer in Scotland
Obesity is a big problem in Scotland. Scottish people are the 'heaviest' of any of the UK nations, with over a quarter of Scottish children and two-thirds of Scottish adults either overweight or obese.
The good news is the Scottish Government is planning to do something about it. In the autumn they committed to producing a new obesity strategy for 2017.
Since then, we’ve been talking to the Scottish Government to make sure the strategy they publish is strong and comprehensive, and that it includes measures to restrict price promotions (such as 2 for 1 offers).
On Tuesday 24 January we’re holding a stunt outside the Scottish Parliament during the day, and a debate inside the Scottish Parliament later on.
Our campaign, ‘Scale Down Cancer’, launched in mid-November.
On the 6 December, the Health and Sport Committee met to hear evidence about how to tackle obesity. This was our first window of opportunity to influence what went into the strategy. Our supporters asked their MSPs to contact the relevant Committee member, to make sure they took our key calls into consideration ahead of the debate.
At the meeting, the Committee agreed there was an ‘obesity crisis’ and that action needed to be taken. The Committee will now consider all the evidence before sending their recommendations to the Public Health Minister. This first action is a great start to the campaign!
We should hear what recommendations the Committee suggested by the end of January.
If you don't live in Scotland you can't take action for Scale Down Cancer. You can get involved with our UK-wide campaign, Junk Free TV, aimed at tackling children's obesity by removing junk food marketing on TV before 9pm.
Ask your MSPs to attend events we're holding in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 24 January.