Diet and Healthy Weight Consultations

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30 May 2023.

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Photo of Jenni Minto Jenni Minto Scottish National Party

I am clear that I want to reduce the public health harms that are associated with the excess consumption of calories, fat, sugar and salt, including the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, various types of cancer and other conditions, such as cardiovascular disease. I also want to reduce diet-related health inequalities, including in relation to socioeconomic disadvantage.

The food environment is often skewed towards the promotion of less healthy food and drink, encouraging extra spend and higher calorie intake, as I referenced in my statement. Promotions do not necessarily represent good value. They can encourage us to buy things that we do not need and lead us to overlook cheaper, healthier alternatives. By restricting the promotion of less healthy food and drink, we will make it easier for people to spend less and make healthier food choices. Changes to the food environment, such as restricting promotions, are likely to be more effective in reducing health inequalities.