Cancer Research UK’s new Scale Down Cancer campaign to help prevent obesity-related cancers across Scotland has won the backing of Neil Findlay MSP.
Given that obesity is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking, the Cancer Research UK campaign asks politicians to support a call to ensure cancer is scaled down to size in Scotland.
Cancer Research UK is urging the Scottish Government to do more to tackle obesity and prevent cancer by restricting supermarket multi-buy discounts that are high in fat, salt and sugar.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
Four in ten cancers are preventable, yet not enough of us know that obesity is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking. Given the devastating impact that cancer has on families in in West Lothian, Lothian and across the country it’s vital we take action on obesity.
We mustn’t let obesity continue to be the new normal in Scotland, and that’s why I’m joining forces with Cancer Research UK and the Scale Down Cancer campaign.
Gregor McNie, Senior Public Affairs Manager at Cancer Research UK, said:
Levels of people who are overweight or obese in Scotland are the worst in the UK and our shopping habits are at the heart of the problem. We know that sugary drinks and snacks are more likely to be discounted than healthier foods. Our survey shows people are being attracted by these promotions, something which is setting them up for a lifetime of ill-health. We need urgent action now to prevent thousands of cancers in the future.