Date lodged: 12 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to reduce disparities in levels of (a) adult and (b) childhood obesity on the basis of deprivation.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 2 May 2019
The Scottish Government wants everyone in Scotland, no matter where they live, to eat well and have a healthy weight. That is why reducing diet-related health inequalities is a primary objective of our Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan.
This will be achieved through a broad range of action focussed on prevention and early intervention. This includes population level interventions, such as restricting the promotion of junk food, which will support everyone in Scotland to make healthier choices, and through targeted and tailored support specifically to those individuals, children and families who need it most.
We must also tackle root causes of poverty and inequality. Since they are symptomatic of wider social inequalities, we are taking decisive action on a number of fronts. That includes action to end poverty, support fair wages, help families, and improve our physical and social environments. We also invested over £125m in 2018-19 on welfare mitigation and measures to protect those on low incomes in the face of UK Government’s cuts. And we are establishing Public Health Scotland which will take a leading role in tackling health inequalities.