Diet and health in Scotland

FDF Scotland and our members take the health of the Scottish people and wider population very seriously - particularly in relation to rising obesity levels.

Obesity is a complicated issue and there is no single solution. A balanced, evidence-based approach covering diet, education and lifestyle is needed to make a real difference.

The Scottish Government’s Obesity Strategy Consultation

In October 2017, the Scottish Government published their bold and ambitious Diet and Obesity Strategy Consultation. The consultation closed on 31 January 2018. FDF Scotland's response to the consultation captured the views and concerns of a wide range of our members, from small family businesses to major global brands. The Scottish Government's final strategy is due around summer time. FDF Scotland and our partners have been calling for reformulation support for small and medium- sized enterprises. This has resulted in Scottish Government investing £200,000 to help companies reformulate their products and they are also developing a wider package of support. We are working with Scottish Government and Food Standards Scotland to ensure this support meets the needs of food and drink companies.

Our members’ success stories

Our members are working in partnership with governments at Holyrood and Westminster and other stakeholders to limit portion sizes, reformulate products and educate consumers about the food they are eating. Read about some of the great work they are doing.

Partnership working

It is important that the whole food and drink industry, academics and support agencies work in partnership to improve the health of the Scottish people. FDF Scotland hosts regular meetings with industry bodies from across the food chain to discuss opportunities to work together. We also work with Interface to ensure food and drink companies have access to academic support. Read more about our partnership working.


FDF Scotland is compiling a range of resources to help inspire food and drink companies to improve the healthiness of their products through recipe reformulation and limiting portion sizes. See our resources page to find out more.

Last reviewed: 27 Apr 2018