In our 2021 manifesto, we call on all parties and candidates to recognise the significant challenge Scotland's high prevalence of overweight and obesity poses for public health and health inequalities, highlighting the urgent need to progress actions to improve the food environment in Scotland.
Inequalities in overweight and obesity continue to worsen, with the gap in prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity now at 12% between children living in the most and least deprived areas of Scotland. We are not getting it right for every child.
Obesity is a complex condition, influenced by many factors, and to tackle it action is required across several domains. Food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt continues to be widely available and heavily promoted, contributing to Scotland missing it's Dietary Goals for almost two decades.
We must take urgent, preventative action to achieve healthy weight in the Scottish population by improving the food environment, ensuring that the healthy choice is the easy choice for everyone.
Doing so will help to improve national diet and health, reducing the burden of many non-communicable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer.
Download our 2021 Manifesto below