Scotland: a civilised nation?

On Monday 30 October, Scotland's Futures Forum and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre brought together MSPs, academics and other stakeholders to look to 2030 and beyond and explore the policies that will make the biggest difference in tackling Scotland's obesity problem.

Neil Findlay MSP chairs the Scotland 2030 event

Looking at education and urban planning as well as the health impacts of obesity, the seminar took a broad and long-term approach to one of Scotland's major challenges.

Participants heard presentations from the following speakers. Click on their names to see their slides:

  • Kate Grant, Scottish Parliament Information Centre researcher, on SPICe research into reducing obesity in Scotland
  • Paul Haggarty, the Rowett Institute for Health and Nutrition, on obesity issues facing Scotland over the next 15-20 years
  • Lorna Aitken, Education Scotland, on the work under way to embed healthy food habits into the school curriculum
  • Heather Peace, Food Standards Scotland – the role of Food Standards Scotland and the scope of its work over the next 15-20 years to address obesity
  • Caroline Brown, Heriot-Watt University - how urban planning to encourage physical activity can best be implemented to address obesity in Scotland

Breakout groups then considered different policy interventions and how they could make a difference to people's lives over the coming years.

The presentations and discussions were captured in an event report, which can be accessed by clicking on the image below:

Scotland 2030: Fitter or Fatter? Event Report

The semimar was informed by the new SPICe briefing "How can we reduce obesity in Scotland?" Click on the image below to read more:

SPICe Briefing

Chaired by Neil Findlay MSP, Health and Sport Committee Convener, this seminar will also help inform the Parliament’s scrutiny of the forthcoming Scottish Government obesity strategy. 

Scotland 2030

Monday 30 October, 1pm to 4.30pm, in the Scottish Parliament (includes refreshments)

This seminar brings together MSPs, academics and other stakeholders to look to 2030 and beyond and explore the policies that will make the biggest difference in tackling Scotland's obesity problem. Based on SPICe research on obesity, this seminar will help to inform the Parliament’s scrutiny of the forthcoming Scottish Government obesity strategy.

Chaired by Neil Findlay MSP, Health and Sport Committee Convener. For more information, visit: