Deadline 7th December
Currently, nearly one in four children in England are obese or overweight by the time they start primary school, and this rises to one in three by the time they leave primary school. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults, and obesity in adulthood increases an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease and a number of cancers.
According to research, it is likely that eating out frequently, including eating takeaway meals, contributes to this gradual overconsumption of calories.
To make sure that people have access to clear and accurate information about the calorie content of the food and drink that they and their families are eating when dining out, Government intend to introduce legislation to make calorie labelling compulsory in the out-of-home sector. This includes, for example, restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeaways, as well as online businesses that sell food or drink for takeaway or home delivery that is ready to be eaten or drunk.