Councils ‘in child obesity fight’
Pubs, restaurants and cinema chains should clearly display the calorie content in food and drink, according to an organisation which represents councils across the UK.
Chains with more than 20 outlets should clearly show the full nutrition information on menus and at counters, the Local Government Association (LGA) has stated.
The appeal is part of the upcoming strategy looking to tackle child obesity which can lead to major health conditions later in life, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Councillor Izzi Seccombe, the LGA’s community wellbeing spokesperson, said: “Pub, restaurant and cinema chains need to be displaying calorie counts so consumers and parents have a more informed choice and a better understanding of how healthy a particular snack, meal or drink is.
Public health responsibility
“Food and drink with high calorie content is clearly a factor behind obesity and the subsequent health problems it can cause.
“We want the Government to require major retailers to make their customers fully aware of how many calories they are eating or drinking.
“Clear and prominent signs indicating the number of calories in a product should be mandatory. We need to take bold action in changing our environment if we are to beat obesity and that includes when we’re sitting at a table in a restaurant reading a menu or ordering at the counter.”
Councils, which have responsibility for public health, say that making people more aware of how many calories they are eating and drinking will help beat the nation’s obesity crisis.
A similar initiative has been in place in the US, where it was made compulsory for chain restaurants, cinemas and pizza parlours to show calorie information on menus.