Image of QueenObesity Action Scotland welcomes the inclusion of the levy on sugary drinks in the Queen's speech today. Taxing high sugar products is an important step in tackling Scotland’s obesity crisis and improving our national diet.

This bold action needs to continue with further measures which will transform our food environment, making the healthy choice the easy choice. Scotland has a higher prevalence of obesity than the rest of the UK and effective measures can bring significant benefits.

Programme Lead for Obesity Action Scotland Lorraine Tulloch said: “We hope this is the first of many bold and brave new initiatives to improve the diet of the people of Scotland and the UK. We must ensure the tax is stringent and effective and that the monies raised are invested in effective obesity prevention programmes in Scotland.”

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