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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17569: Fulton MacGregor (Coatbridge and Chryston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 29 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its plan for improving diet and weight in Scotland.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 2 July 2018

I will be publishing the A Healthier Future: Scotland's Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan on Monday 2 July.

This follows wide consultation on our proposals. Over 360 responses were submitted by academics, health professionals, members of the general public and organisations including health and third sector bodies, local authorities and members of the food and drinks industry. In addition, engagement exercises were carried out by the Scottish Youth Parliament, Young Scot, Food Standards Scotland and the Scottish Public Health Network.

As announced by the First Minister in May, an ambition in our delivery plan will be to halve childhood obesity by 2030. We have also set an ambition to significantly reduce health inequalities. The actions set out within the delivery plan provide clarity on how we, together with partners across the public, private and third sector, will help everybody in Scotland make healthier choices about food. This includes actions to ensure:

  • Children get the best start in life - they eat well and have a healthy weight
  • The food environment supports healthier choices
  • People have access to effective weight management services
  • Leaders across all sectors promote healthy weight and diet
  • Diet-related health inequalities are reduced

The next step is for the Scottish Government and our delivery partners to move swiftly to implementation, consulting further on the detail of some of our new measures.

The delivery plan will be available at the following link, from Monday 2 July