Campaigners call for ban on promotion of junk food to go ahead

Campaigners call for ban on promotion of junk food to go ahead

Cancer Research UK say being overweight or obese is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer in Scotland after smoking

Obesity campaigners have urged the Scottish Government to press ahead with a Bill to ban multi-buy offers on junk food.

Ministers previously promised legislation to ban cut-price offers on high-sugar, high-fat food with little nutritional value – but this was paused last June after the coronavirus crisis hit.

Cancer Research UK said being overweight or obese was the second biggest preventable cause of cancer in Scotland after smoking, and is responsible for about 2,200 cases annually.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the charity indicates that eight in 10 people think “buy one, get one free” deals make people more likely to fill their baskets with junk.

Almost two-thirds of Scots are overweight or obese, according to Food Standards Scotland.

Published: by Radio NewsHub