Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East, is leading a Member's Debate in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday (27 March 2019) highlighting the harmful advertising of celebrity endorsed diet products on social media.
The Dundee SNP MSP commented:
"I am proud to be leading this debate on such an important and current issue.
“There’s a lot of pressure on young people, particularly women, through social media platforms where these products are pushed by celebrities, especially those from reality TV.
“The UK government is solely in charge of advertising regulations and I have met with the Advertising Standards Authority and they are interested in doing more in this area. I want people to send examples of this kind of celebrity endorsement to their MSP so we can highlight this to the ASA.
“The Scottish Government is also looking to do more around guidelines in public health and in terms of mental health. But it’s quite hard for public health bodies to combat social media - so there’s a role for strengthened regulation to stop spurious claims being made.
"I look forward to the debate and hearing other people's experiences with these products."