Unit co-signs letter calling for restrictions on unhealthy food promotions

Published: 20 August 2019

Scottish Obesity Alliance calls on the First Minister to introduce regulation to restrict price promotions to curb obesity crisis.

Published 20th August 2019

Members of the Scottish Obesity Alliance, including the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, have written to the First Minister to urge the Scottish Government to restrict price promotions on food and drink products high in fat, sugar and salt.

The letter, co-signed by 20 leading national health charities, medical royal colleges, campaign groups and professional bodies with an interest in public health working in Scotland, calls on the First Minister to take action and commit to legislation to regulate multi-buy price promotions of food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt in Scotland in this autumn’s Programme for Government. This is a vital step in creating a Scotland where everyone can enjoy a healthy weight.

Elma Murray OBE, Chair of the Scottish Obesity Alliance, said “The Scottish Obesity Alliance have identified securing restrictions on multi-buy price promotions as one of the first actions that can be taken by the Scottish Government to work towards an ambition to reduce levels of overweight and obesity. It is therefore important that the new Programme for Government contains a commitment to make this a reality.”

First published: 20 August 2019

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