The UK has seen a rapid increase in obesity rates. Perhaps most troubling is the prevalence of obesity in British youth, which could in turn face a lifetime of health issues due to weight problems. The government has moved forward with new measures in attempt to fight growing obesity trends in the populace. A calorie cap is now to be placed on thousands of popular meals throughout the country.
“Under the draft proposals, a standard pizza for one should contain no more than 928 calories - far less than many sold by takeaways, restaurants and shops. And the recommendations suggest that a savoury pie should contain no more than 695 calories,” Telegraph reports. “Their plans will see recommended limits on thousands of regularly consumed foods, including cooking sauces, soups, burgers and processed meats.”
These dietary restrictions come in response to rising obesity rates among children. “Severe obesity among children has risen by more than a third in just over a decade,” according to Telegraph. “More than one in five pupils are obese by the time they leave primary school - including around 24,000 children who are classed as ‘severely obese.’”
People are not correcting eating habits on their own, and the country has seen weight gain grow into a larger issue by the year. England has on average one of the greatest BMI’s in the world. Public Health England (PHE) believes drastic measures are necessary if the health of the country is to get back on track.
“Earlier this week officials met with retailers, manufacturers, including Dominos pizza, Deliveroo, Just Eat, Mcdonalds and KFC to discuss proposed “calorie caps” on thousands of popular foods,” Telegraph reports.
It remains to be seen how the British people will respond to this Government oversight. Whether or not overall public health betters in response will take many years to assess.