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Consultation on a Diet & Obesity Strategy for Scotland

On the 26th October 2017, the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell, MSP launched a consultation on their Diet and Obesity Strategy.

Tackling obesity has already been identified as a priority in Programme for Government with key commitments to limit the marketing of food high in fat, sugar and salt and provide more support for people with type 2 diabetes to lose weight.  In launching the consultation, the Government announced funding of £42 million over the next 5 years to expand these services.

Other proposals include:

  • Action on junk food advertising
  • Action on food purchases for consumption outside the home
  • Preventative services including information, advice and support for children and families on healthy eating
  • Practical support for small & medium sized food manufacturers to reformulate and develop healthier products
  • A range of opportunities for people to be more active
  • Working with the public sector and a wide range of partners to support local improvement work on diet & weight

Scottish Bakers has been invited to participate in the consultation. Training & Quality Manager Scott Anderson will be participating in Round Table discussions with fellow Food & Drink trade associations, which has been facilitated by Food & Drink Federation Scotland.  If you would like any views raised at these meetings, please email .

Alternatively if you would like to participate in the consultation you can do so via the Scottish Government website . The consulation closes on the 31st January 2018.