SUPERMARKETS must abandon multi-buy promotions on junk meals to help forestall obesity amid claims shoppers cannot be trusted to make “good” selections about their eating regimen, say specialists.
Food Standards Scotland stated there needed to be a retail revolution to help consumers make more healthy decisions and deal with the looming weight problems crisis.
Retailers needed to take “radical steps” to vary the best way meals was displayed and promoted in shops, it stated.
The meals watchdog cited damning analysis that warned that if current habits stay, the present weight problems levels of 30 per cent of Scots would rise to 40 per cent by 2030.
The report, by Stirling University, makes several suggestions, together with extending the sugar tax past delicate drinks and standardising info provision to increase consciousness of health dangers and help clients make selections.
FSS senior dietary adviser Dr Gillian Purdon stated: “The report helps Meals Requirements Scotland views and proposals for the need to prolong sugar tax past mushy drinks, to reformulate merchandise to scale back sugar fat and salt, to resize portions, to deal with less healthy meals promotion and to offer clearer shopper info on products in each the retail and out-of-home sectors.
“This report will assist us to develop new approaches to enhance the stability of meals provided and promoted by the retail sector.
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