CAP Consultation



The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) recently put out to public consultation a document considering the introduction of new restrictions on the advertising of food and soft drink products to children.
Of course, we welcomed this consultation and our opportunity to respond.
The current obesity crisis in the UK has many underlying influences. A fundamental influence is the obesogenic environment in which we live, where relative inactivity and overconsumption of energy dense foods is extremely easy, available, affordable and accepted. Introduction of new rules prohibiting the placement of high fat sugar salt (HFSS) product advertising in media targeted or likely to appeal to children is a positive step towards the UK becoming a healthier nation.

Our response in pdf format is available to download

Following the consultation, CAP released a number of what they call "tough new rules banning the advertising of high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) food or drink products in children’s media" which can be seen on the CAP website.

We responded in the following press release.

Soft Drinks Industry Levy

UK Government logoIn the Budget 2016, the government announced that it would introduce a new Soft Drinks Industry Levy from April 2018.

A consultation then ran, setting out proposals for how the levy will be designed and implemented. To help determine the final shape of the levy, we submitted our comments on these proposals.

Our response in pdf format is available to download

WHO Global NCD Action Plan Consultation

WHO Logo The World Health Organisation recently consulted on a draft updated Appendix 3 of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020 (also commonly referred to as the Noncommunicable Diseases “best buys” and “good buys”). This web-based consultation ran until 1st September 2016.

Appendix 3 consists of a menu of policy options covering issues such as tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.

We were pleased to respond to this consultation. 

Our response in pdf format is available to download

Obesity Strategy Evidence Session

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The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Government held a focused inquiry into obesity on Tues 6th December. The session looked at the obesity strategy in terms of what was and was not achieved, what should be in the new obesity strategy and links from obesity to diet and physical exercise.
We received an invitation to attend this session. Others invited included: ScottishPHN, British Dietician Association, University of Edinburgh Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, Paths for All, Community Food and Health Scotland, Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy, Stirling University.

In advance of this evidence session, we submitted the following written evidence.

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Full video of the evidence session is available on the Scottish Parliament website.

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