Warning from top professor
Scottish toddlers are scoffing an astonishing one million sweets every week.
That is the warning from a charity who said more needs to be done following the release of obesity stats for primary one children.
Professor Linda Bauld is Cancer Research UK’s cancer prevention expert, and she said: “When we’re seeing so many children as young as four overweight and obese, it’s clear the need for urgent action has never been greater.
“Supermarket multibuy offers on junk food and sugary drinks are fuelling this alarming trend, encouraging us to stock up on unhealthy food.
“Introducing laws to restrict harmful price promotions would be one of the most effective ways to help families shop more healthily, helping us to stack the odds of not getting cancer in our favour. More than four million sugary drinks are consumed by Scotland’s children every week. Our toddlers are eating a million sweets a week. Many of these items are purchased on price promotions.”
She added: “Excess weight is Scotland’s biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking. It’s a significant health problem and merits bold action.”