Scotland Policy Conferences: Policy priorities for tackling obesity in Scotland


With the Scottish Government currently consulting on its newly published draft diet and obesity strategy, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to discuss the key policy priorities for tackling obesity in Scotland. 


The agenda includes keynote contributions from Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport, The Scottish Government and Elspeth Macdonald, Deputy Chief Executive, Food Standards Scotland, on the direction of policy and plans for implementing the strategy.


Further sessions will consider perspectives from key stakeholder groups on the new strategy as well as other policy developments such as the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, which takes effect from April 2018, with contributions from David Thomson, Chief Executive Officer, Food and Drink Federation Scotland; Ewan MacDonald-Russell, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Scottish Retail Consortium; Dr David Blane, Academic GP, University of Glasgow and Sue Davies, Chief Policy Advisor, Which?


Delegates will also discuss specific proposals from within the strategy, including:

  • Action to limit price promotion on food and drink products that are high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS);
  •  Extending restrictions on the advertising of HFSS products to all programmes before the 9pm watershed;
  • Practical support for food manufacturers to reformulate their products; and
  •  Efforts to encourage greater levels of physical activity.

Booking and more information can be found on the website.