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UK pubs & restaurants urged to display calories on their menus


To fight its obesity epidemic, the UK wants to follow the US model, where calorie labels are now compulsory.

Pubs, restaurants and cinema chains should display the calorie content of the food and drink they serve on menus or over counters, council leaders say. The Local Government Association (LGA) said England and Wales should follow the example of the US, where calorie labels were ordered nationwide last year, to combat the growing obesity epidemic. Councils should also be given BP one billion in funding, paid for from VAT, to pay for obesity-prevention schemes and to help “millions of overweight children” to shed pounds, the LGA said.

Some retailers in the UK are already displaying calorie counts. But the LGA said the food and drinks industry needed to go further. Councillor Izzi Secombe, chair of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said  restaurant, pub and cinema chains needed to “show  leadership in tackling the obesity crisis.”

“In many cases people are unaware of how many calories they are consuming. Food and drink outlets should be doing more to provide clear and prominent labelling which spells this out clearly,” she added.

Source: The Independent

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