Cole-Hamilton: 15 years on yet little progress in improving Scots diet

Scottish Liberal Democrats health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the Scottish Government must get its teeth into a new study from a trio of universities which suggests little progress has been made in improving the diet of Scots over the past 15 years.

The study by Robert Gordon, Abertay and Newcastle universities found no increase in the consumption of fruit, vegetables or oily fish over the period. It also found that households in the most deprived areas of the country were found to eat significantly less fruit and vegetables, oil-rich fish and fibre than those in the wealthiest areas.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"The Scottish Government need to get their teeth into this study and recognise that we have made little progress in tackling poor diets across Scotland.

"The national obesity epidemic already puts a huge strain on our NHS. Unless we take action now we are sitting on obesity time bomb that will only increase pressure on services. 

"Healthy eating and lifestyle choices start in childhood so it is essential that parents get the support they need to give their children a healthy start in life. That means ensuring they are educated about how to stay healthy and have the opportunity to exercise and take part in physical activity."

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