MSPs sup­port plans to tackle Scot­land’s obe­sity prob­lem

East Kilbride News - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT - Mark Pirie

East Kil­bride MSP Linda Fabi­ani has wel­comed the plans for “weight man­age­ment” in Scot­land.

The SNP MSP backed health min­is­ter Aileen Camp­bell who has re­vealed plans to ad­dress por­tion sizes and calo­rie counts at restau­rants, pubs and take­aways and pro­mo­tional junk food of­fers and ad­ver­tis­ing.

Ms Fabi­ani, be­low, said: “I wel­come the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s con­sul­ta­tion which pro­poses a range of ac­tions to im­prove diet and help with weight man­age­ment in Scot­land.

“East Kil­bride res­i­dents have al­ready been in touch with sug­ges­tions.

“As the gov­ern­ment is al­ready tack­ling other pub­lic health chal­lenges such as al­co­hol use and smok­ing, it makes sense to look at other ways to try to im­prove the health of the whole pop­u­la­tion.

“What is im­por­tant, though, is that ev­ery­one can give their own views about the way for­ward –por­tion sizes, along with re­stric­tions on ad­ver­tis­ing and multi-buy pro­mo­tions are all up for dis­cus­sion.

“Scot­land does have some of the worst obe­sity rates in the UK and, in­deed, be­yond.

“Many have been call­ing for ac­tion and I urge ev­ery­one with a view on this to re­spond to the con­sul­ta­tion on how to tackle obe­sity.”

Con­ser­va­tive MSP for Cen­tral Scot­land Gra­ham Simp­son sup­ported the plans to im­prove health in the coun­try and called for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to “make a real dif­fer­ence”.

Mr Simp­son said: “Sixty-seven per cent of adults in Scot­land are over­weight, higher than the rate in Eng­land, Wales or North­ern Ire­land, and Scot­land has one of the worst obe­sity records among OECD coun­tries.

“The SNP have been in charge for 10 years and have en­tirely failed to tackle Scot­land’s in­creas­ing obe­sity prob­lems.

“The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives be­lieve pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures are es­sen­tial to tack­ling Scot­land’s obe­sity prob­lems, and ear­lier this year pub­lished a pol­icy paper ex­plor­ing how an ac­tive life­style and good nutri­tion can help pro­mote a healthy life­style and re­duce in­equal­i­ties.

“We wel­come the UK Gov­ern­ment’s in­tro­duc­tion of the soft drinks in­dus­try levy and the ban on ad­ver­tis­ing less healthy food to chil­dren.

“We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to en­sure their diet and obe­sity strat­egy is ro­bust and am­bi­tious enough to make a real dif­fer­ence to peo­ple and call on them to take ac­tion on multi-buy pro­mo­tions on un­healthy foods.”

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