Diabetes Scotland's response to Scottish Government consultation:
A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight.
This was a wide ranging consultation on how to improve the diet of Scotland and address the rise in obesity.
There was a heavy focus on Type 2 diabetes and weight management as the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in Scotland has increased by 40 per cent over the last 10 years. In the previous ten years the levels of overweight and obese men and women in Scotland increased from 52 per cent to 62 per cent.
Diabetes Scotland has called on Scottish Government to see through its proposals to restrict the promotion of food and drink high in total fat and saturated fat, sugar and salt through restricting multi buys, X for Y, and temporary price promotions.
In addition, we welcome the proposed £42 million over five years to support established weight management interventions as a core part of treatment services for people with, or at risk of, Type 2 diabetes. This will aim to target 95,000 people in order to make an impact on population health.
The proposals from Scottish Government, if enacted, will bring positive outcomes from public health. Scottish Government must not step back from the positive proposals outlined in the consultation.