Warn­ing from top pro­fes­sor

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.”

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