10 July 2018
The Scottish Government has set out a new vision to improve Scotland's diet and weight
Two thirds (65%) of adults in Scotland are currently overweight, with dietary risk factors being the second biggest contributory factor death and disability in Scotland after smoking.
The BPS Scottish Branch Chair, Beth Hannah said:
“The Society welcomes the Scottish Government’s new vision for a Scotland where everyone eats well and has a healthy weight.
We responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation earlier this year, calling for both environmental and individual factors to be understood and tackled. It is encouraging to see commitments to better equip parents with advice and support and further explore how weight based stigma can have an effect on our young people’s mental health.
We look forward to seeing these steps implemented and welcome the commitment to further consult on restricting the promotion of junk food later this autumn. Together, these actions will help transform the current food environment in Scotland and will support all of us to live better and healthier lives.”
As outlined in the SIGN Management of Obesity clinical guidelines, psychological interventions are recognised as a key component of weight management programmes, supporting individuals to manage their dietary choices and sustain a healthy diet and weight.