The revised Goals replace the Scottish Dietary Targets, which were set in the 1996 Scottish Diet Action Plan and take account of the need to build in population approaches in relation to reducing obesity and cancer risk.
Two new dimensions that are included at a population level are:
If Scots achieved these two goals alone, this could have significant impact on cancer risk, notably bowel cancer. The emphasis on increasing wholegrains is also long overdue. Let’s look forward to seeing the supportive environments we are going to need to change Scottish dietary culture.
If you would like to know more about how well Scots are doing in terms of dietary change than see the report produced last year by colleagues at the University of Dundee:
Estimation of Food and Nutrient Intakes from food survey data in Scotland
This article was originally published in the SCPN Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 3.
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