Is Putting Calorie Counts on Menus a Good Idea? | Loose Women
Calories on menus: do they work?
Calorie counts on menus and fast food: are they a weapon against obesity, or just more nannying from the Government?
Last summer, The Real Greek became the first restaurant chain in the country to include calorie counts of all dishes on its menus. Since then, Pret A Manger, Wimpy and the Camden Food Company have followed its lead. Pizza Hut, Harvester and several pub chains are considering making local trials national. Within two years, calories on menus could be the rule.
They are all trailblazers for an initiative from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which believes that providingcaloriesonmenuswill help us to make healthy eating choices. A national consultation ends this week and, if there is enough support from health bodies, consumers and restaurants, the FSA will push for a voluntary roll-out in allrestaurantsfrom this summer.
Yet some have raised voices of concern. Actually, say some experts, puttingcaloriesonmenusmakes no sense if you want to create a healthy attitude to food. ‘Giving people information like this doesn’t change their behaviour,’ says Professor Andrew Hill, an eating psychologist.
And those helping people witheating disordersworry that it may promotefood anxiety. ‘There is a real feel of nannying about this,’ says Emma Healey, of the Eating Disorders Association, now named Beat.
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