Scotland: nutrition policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Scotland. Compare Scotland with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.

Scotland implements nutrition and diet-related policy actions at national government level in 9 of the 10 policy areas in the NOURISHING framework. One policy area received a good assessment, referring to setting limits or removal of specific nutrients in food products (I1).

Lack of restrictions on sugar-sweetened beverage provisions in schools, of regulations on food availability within the school vicinity, and of fruit and vegetables initiatives have an impact on otherwise well-designed standards on school food (O). Gaps were identified in unhealthy food marketing to young people through point of sale measures, product design and packaging, and in/around schools (R).

Action at national government level is necessary on public food procurement policies and other policies to ensure food system coherence with health (H), and on providing nutrition advice and counselling in healthcare settings (N2). Greater action is needed in using financial incentives which increase the availability and affordability of healthy food to accompany the existing UK-wide tax on sugary drinks (U), and on improving current action on giving nutrition education in schools and to relevant professionals (G).

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Scotland’s results

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Scotland. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief (pdf), which compares Scotland with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Scotland, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

Overview of nutrition policy status in Scotland

Scotland NOURISHING overview

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