FSS calls on Scots to break unhealthy snacking habits

FSS calls on Scots to break unhealthy snacking habits

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is encouraging people in Scotland to give up unnecessary treats every Tuesday as part of its drive to start breaking Scotland’s unhealthy snacking habits.

FSS’s healthy eating marketing campaign, Change our Future, is calling on people to pledge to give up unhealthy snacks and treats, such as chocolate, sweets, cakes, crisps, biscuits and sugary drinks on #treatfreetuesday. FSS will be running the campaign on TV, online and on social media, with #treatfreetuesday designed to encourage people to make changes to their diet.

With half of people living in Scotland aware they treat themselves too often with unhealthy snacks, FSS is challenging people to think more about their own and their children’s snacking habits to kickstart a healthier lifestyle and help to improve the Scottish diet.

The average person in Scotland could reduce their calorie intake by around 16,000 calories each year just by dropping two chocolate biscuits and a can of sugary drink one day per week.

Dr Gillian Purdon, FSS senior dietary advisor, says, “Too many people treat themselves with unhealthy snacks they just don’t need. The fact is, all those little extras can add up to health problems for ourselves and our children in the longer term. Around one third of children and around two thirds of adults in Scotland are currently overweight or obese. It’s forecast that, unless things change, 40% of adults in Scotland could be obese by 2030.

“A treat should be just that – something we enjoy which we have occasionally – but as a nation we have got into the habit of frequently having unhealthy snacks. Making changes to your diet might be easier than you think, so we’re calling on people in Scotland to commit to dropping unhealthy snacks and treats every Tuesday as a simple, achievable way to start cutting out unnecessary snacking.”

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