Food Standards Scotland recognises the importance and challenges of tackling the deep-rooted issues of obesity and poor diet in Scotland. Ambitious and urgent action is needed to reduce obesity levels, particularly as around a third of children in Scotland are overweight or obese. Our research shows that around half of people in Scotland would support regulation and taxation of unhealthy foods to help address this critical public health issue.
However, we know that no sole measure will be sufficient to tackle obesity and FSS has proposed a broad range of measures to address Scotland’s poor diet. We require actions from government, industry and the public to help tackle this serious public health problem.
Food in Scotland Consumer Tracking Survey, Wave 6. The survey was conducted between 18 June and 5 July 2018 among a representative sample of 1,000 adults, aged 16 + in Scotland.