Next steps for tackling obesity

Central Edinburgh

Following publication of the revised Scottish Dietary Goals - which match SACN’s advice that intake of free sugars should be halved - and Food Standards Scotland’s report on the Scottish diet in December 2015 suggesting a lack of progress towards improving the Scottish diet, this seminar will provide an opportunity for delegates to consider future priorities for tackling obesity.

Discussion will focus on the potential of further regulation and taxation, including a sugar tax; the role of advertising; latest thinking on consumer choices and behaviour; and the progress and future challenges of the reformulation of products to reduce sugar content.

Further sessions will assess preventative measures adopted by local authorities and schools to tackle childhood obesity and the dissemination of best practice within the industry.

The guests of honour have been confirmed as Daniel Kleinberg, Head of Health Improvement Division with The Scottish Government, Geoff Ogle, Chief Executive of Food Standards Scotland and David Thomson, Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Food and Drink Federation.

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