THE SCOTTISH Government could ban free prawn crackers and poppadoms with popular takeaways.

It comes as the Government looks to improve the health and diet of Scots.

The revelation emerged in a public consultation paper on Tuesday.

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In it, the Government says: “Too many of us in Scotland have a poor diet and an unhealthy weight, which can have a negative impact on our health and wellbeing.

“This is in part because we generally consume too many calories and too much fat, sugar and salt.”

Seeking the views of the public on the matter, the paper adds: “We are considering targeting discretionary categories.

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“These are, confectionery, sweet biscuits, crisps, savoury snacks, cakes, pastries, puddings and soft drinks with added sugar.”

“Savoury snacks include, among other things, corn snacks, wheat snacks, prawn crackers, poppadums.”

The consultation closes on January 9, 2019.

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The paper comes just days after the Evening Times reported how obesity could overtake smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer in women 25 years from now.

Cancer Research UK said in a new report that more must be done to raise awareness of the “huge public health threat” posed by obesity.