66% of Scots ‘concerned about unhealthy diets,’ survey finds

31/10/2017 - 09:21
Food Standards Scotland’s biannual ‘Food in Scotland’ consumer tracking survey found that the nation is increasingly concerned about having an unhealthy diet, 65% agreeing – up 15 percentage points since December 2015.

Measuring knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards food in Scotland, the survey also revealed that 47% believe it’s “too expensive to eat healthily,” and that unhealthy foods are on price promotion more often than healthy foods, 71% said.

While the survey showed that the nation is “aware of the causes of obesity and the steps needed to address (Scotland’s) unhealthy diet” – the Scottish government published a new diet and obesity strategy for consultation last week - over three-quarters said they are “in favour of government intervention to limit how much sugar, fat or salt goes into our food.”

Heather Peace, head of public health nutrition at Food Standards Scotland said: “The results from the Food in Scotland consumer tracking survey show that there is growing public concern about Scotland’s poor diet and associated ill health. There is also increasing support for the changes needed to improve diet and health in Scotland. Many of our recommendations are reflected in Scottish Government’s consultation on diet and obesity.

“It’s clear that moving towards a healthier diet is more important than ever in Scotland and that an increasing number of people are acknowledging the impact obesity is having on our lives. These results show awareness isn’t enough though: it is time for collective action from government, industry and individuals.

“We will continue to drive progress in all sectors and work with Scottish Government to reduce the level of diet-related ill health and the burden this places on the NHS and our economy.”

The full report is attached.

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