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Influencing the Scottish obesity strategy
What is the campaign about?
The Scottish Government has committed to publishing an obesity strategy in 2018. It needs to be as comprehensive as possible and include restrictions on multi-buy promotions (such as 2 for £3) and discounts on food high in fat, sugar and salt.
Why take action in this campaign?
- Obesity is the 2nd biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking
- Obesity is linked to 13 types of cancer.
- Scotland’s obesity levels are the worst in the UK, costing the NHS an estimated £600 million a year.
As you may have noticed, price promotions are usually on unhealthy foods. Restricting them across shops in Scotland could help more people switch to healthier foods and reduce obesity.