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(Scottish Government) A healthier future - action and ambitions on diet, activity and healthy weight

11 January 2018

This consultation document proposes a range of actions to improve diet and weight in Scotland. It draws on experience of implementing the Obesity Route Map, the learning from tackling other public health challenges such as alcohol use and smoking, and a growing body of evidence on the action necessary to improve the health of the whole population.

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
  • Further information can be found here.

  • The consultation document can be found here.

Getting Involved

If you are interested in contributing to this, please send your comments to Ross Shearer ([email protected]) and Helen Moffat ([email protected]) who are jointly leading the Society’s response, by Monday 15th January using the attached response form.

Ross and Helen are both Chartered Clinical Psychologists and are both members of Society’s Obesity Task and Finish Group.

Further details of the consultation are below.

Please note:

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments

If you have any queries at all - please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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