Lothian MSP supports call to scale down cancer

Cancer Research UK are leading the way in Lothian to help prevent obesity-related cancers with their Scale Down Cancer campaign, which urges the Scottish Government to restrict supermarket multi-buy discounts on foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt.


The charity  held and event in the Scottish Parliament this week to support the charity’s Scale Down Cancer campaign to help prevent obesity-related cancers across Scotland.


MSPs heard from Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, and met the fundraisers, volunteers and scientists from across Scotland who make Cancer Research UK’s research happen.


In Lothian £7 million has been spent at the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre. There are 13 Cancer Research UK shops throughout Lothian, 2 Local Fundraising Groups, 2 Cancer Awareness Roadshow locations and 4,896 Race for life participants, who raised over £273,799 for Cancer Research UK in Lothian in 2017.


Research shows that shoppers who buy more on promotion are more likely to be overweight or obese (72% of high promotion shoppers are overweight or obese)*** and two thirds of the public in Scotland back moves to restrict price promotions on foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt****.


Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, said:


“Given that obesity is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking, it is important that action is taken to tackle Scotland’s obesity challenges.

“Cancer Research UK are doing exceptional work in Lothian to take action on obesity and help reduce the number of people who are diagnosed with cancer each year.


“The Scale Down Cancer campaign is a great campaign that I fully support.”


Gordon Matheson, Public Affairs Manager for Scotland at Cancer Research UK, said:


“Promotional items offer people a wealth of tempting yet unhealthy food and drink choices when doing their weekly shop. With cut-price deals on items like chocolate, biscuits, cakes and fizzy drinks, it’s no surprise that people who buy more on promotion have a greater likelihood of being obese.


“With young children frequently being the ones who suffer from the effects of these purchases, introducing restrictions is important for their future health.


“With an obese child five times more likely to become an obese adult, it’s vital swift action is taken to turn the tide.


“By introducing laws to restrict multi-buy offers on junk food and sugary drinks, the Scottish Government can make a real difference to our shopping baskets and to our waistlines.”



Miles Briggs