Gazette readers divided on whether restaurants should display the calories

By Chris Were   |   Reporter   |
Monday 18th April 2022 7:00 am
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Gazette readers are divided on whether or not restaurants should have to display the calorie content of all drinks, including alcoholic drinks, on their menus.

The broader British public are somewhat more decided on the issue, although there is still a substantial number of people who come down on either side.

When readers were asked last week, 44 per cent said they think that restaurants should display calories on all drinks with the exact same number of people saying they should not. Nationwide, 48 per cent of people say they should and 38 per cent say they shouldn't. The breakdown of results remains broadly consistent across UK regions and gender. Younger people are slightly more likely to support the labelling as are Labour Party voters, but not by a substantial amount.

The measures, which form part of the government's wider strategy to tackle obesity, plan to help ensure people are able to make more informed, healthier choices when it comes to eating food out or ordering takeaways.

The covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the impact that obesity can have on people’s health and health outcomes. It is estimated that overweight and obesity related conditions across the UK cost the NHS £6.1 billion each year. Sixty-three per cent of adults in England are overweight or living with obesity and one in three children leave primary school overweight or obese.

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