Motion S5M-14347: Barriers to Eating Healthily

22 Oct 2018

That the Parliament notes the findings of a study carried out by the Social Mobility Fund in conjunction with Kellogg’s, What are the barriers to eating healthily in the UK?; understands that it describes one-in-10 of the country’s most deprived areas as being so-called food deserts, which are places where poverty, poor transport and that a lack of big supermarkets limit the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables; deplores the finding that, in Scotland, 80% of these areas are in Glasgow; notes that the report suggests that 39% of people with a household income under £10,000, and 23% with one between £10,000 and £20,000, stated that groceries were a strain on finances; believes that the study also found that healthy products cost three times as much per calorie than those that are less healthy; considers that more needs to be done to ensure that people in the most deprived communities can afford healthy food, and calls on all levels of government to act to tackle the problems that this report has highlighted.