Trying to stop unhealthy eating habits

Scottish doctors want school children to get free fruit and veg

Doctors say every primary school pupil in Scotland should be given a free daily portion of fruit or veg, in an attempt to tackle the nation’s obesity crisis. The British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland is also calling for the Scottish Government to start restricting junk food promotions.

Ministers are currently consulting on proposed measures to restrict advertising of food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt. The most recent Scottish Health Survey found 65% of adults in Scotland were overweight or obese, a figure largely unchanged since 2008.

The reported BMA Scotland chair Dr Peter Bennie saying: “Almost every doctor today is dealing with patients who are overweight or obese and who will often have additional health needs as a result. The additional demands on the National Health Service this creates come at a time when the health service is already stretched like never before. We need substantive action to change people’s behaviour and address the problems caused by unhealthy diets and physical inactivity.”

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