Eateries urged to display nutritional content
Restaurants, takeaways and cafes are being urged to make their nutritional content available in a bid to stamp out obesity and type 2 diabetes.
A Diabetes UK survey showed that more than half of those who took part in the poll, eat out at least once a week.
The charity is now calling on the 24 biggest out-of home-outlets to commit to theDiabetes UK Food Upfront Pledge, ensuring that all consumers have access to clear, consistent and easily accessible information on the nutritional contents of food they eat at the point of purchase.
The industry has a responsibility to help customers eat as healthily as possible and tackle the UK’s obesity epidemic
A total of 79 per cent of survey respondents agreed that the industry has a responsibility to make their food and drink healthier, and nine out of 10 people said traffic light food labelling would help them make more informed decisions about what they eat.
Three in four people (76 per cent) said they think restaurants and cafes should display calorie information on their menus. People with diabetes have also called for clearer, more consistent food labelling to aid diabetes management.
Helen Dickens, Assistant Director of Campaigns and Mobilisation at Diabetes UK, said: “With three in five people struggling to find information about what’s in the food they’re eating out, the industry has a responsibility to help customers eat as healthily as possible and tackle the UK’s obesity epidemic.
“We’ve written to the biggest outlets in the sector, urging them to take the initiative by adopting our Food Upfront pledge, which would ensure that information about the nutritional contents of food consumers buy in restaurants, cafes and takeaways is easily accessible and understandable.
“The UK public tell us they love eating out, and regularly; but without the information available to make healthy choices, it can be a minefield. Our Food Upfront pledge can help change this, and help make the healthy choice the easy choice for all consumers.”
In a previous survey conducted amongst the UK public last year, 29 per cent of people said they felt well informed about the nutritional contents of the food they eat while out. Since then, this number has dropped to 24 per cent.
To illustrate this, Diabetes UK has launched the Food Upfront game, challenging users to guess what is in the food they eat.
Following Diabetes UK campaigning, the UK Government is consulting on legislation to mandate consistent calorie labelling in England in the out of home sector. Diabetes UK is urging the industry to show that they are serious about fighting obesity and helping customers make healthier decisions by adopting the Diabetes UK Food Upfront pledge.
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