The appalling junk food diets of Scoltand’s poorest children is leading to increased obesity and creating a national health crisis.

Children in Scotland has called for the introduction of a national policy on children’s food to help tackle the perfect storm of problems – adding that failing to do so could lead to a breech in the law.

Highlighting the most recent Scottish Health Survey, Children in Scotland chief executive Jackie Brock said 31% of children are at risk of becoming overweight or obese – and this percentage is higher in areas of greater deprivation.

The consequences of our national diet are appalling for the long-term health and wellbeing outcomes for our children

“As a result of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, every public body in Scotland is now required to fulfil its public duty to meet a child’s wellbeing needs,” Brock said.

“How will they be able to do this without addressing diet and enabling children to access healthier foods?

“Food and nutrition’s link to children’s wellbeing is a touchstone issue in Scotland in 2016.

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