The report updates previous key findings about the state of the Scottish diet, and provides new insights into consumer attitudes towards changing the food environment, and information on calories consumed from alcohol. There continues to be a lack of progress towards the dietary goals and improving obesity and diet related poor health. Discretionary foods and drinks contribute around 20% to calories and fats in the diet, and 50% of the sugar. Alcoholic drinks also contribute large amounts of calories in some people. The report highlights the skew towards unhealthy foods in both the out of home environment, and in the balance of retail promotions. However, consumer mind-sets are shifting and public support for action to change the food environment may be growing.
This report is an update to the first situation report on the Scottish diet, published by FSS in 2015. You can access this report here.