Calorie menu ‘horror’ as people say ‘they won’t be able to look’

ECHO readers have had their say after the government unveiled its new obesity strategy.

The Department for Health and Social Care has launched a new package of measures as part of its Better Health campaign in a bid to help people lose weight.

The new measures encompass a variety of changes, including displaying calories on menus,banning TV and online adverts for food high in fat, sugar and salt before 9pm and the end of deals like "buy one get one free" on unhealthy foods that are high in salt, sugar and fat.

According to the NHS website, the term obese describes a person who's very overweight, with a lot of body fat.

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Obesity can lead to a number of serious and potentially life threatening conditions.

In the UK, obesity is estimated to affect around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged 10 to 11.

And almost two thirds of adults in England are overweight or living with obesity, while one in three children leave primary school overweight or obese.

Obesity-related illnesses cost the NHS £6 billion a year, with the government releasing a range of measures in a bid to help Brits improve their fitness.

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One of the measures includes the decision to have calories displayed on menus to help people make healthier choices when eating out, while alcoholic drinks could soon have to list hidden "liquid calories".

ECHO readers took to our Facebook page to share their thoughts on the decision.

Kathy Bisson supports the move and said: "It's a great idea. If you're not bothered about calories then you can ignore it but if you're conscious of your intake then you can make an informed decision. Just because you're on a diet doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to enjoy a meal out."

Christopher Faulkner agreed and said: "Yes, because people – I include myself here – have very little idea what's in what they eat when in a restaurant. It'll always been an estimate, but knowledge is power."

Maria Oakes commented: "I think it's good. Even healthy options can be higher on calorific value etc than if you made it. If [you're] trying to loose weight or manage it then it's good to know."

But some readers weren't keen on the move.

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Joe Thurston said: "If people want to eat at a restaurant they have come to enjoy their food. It's supposed to be a special occasion. They don't want to look at the calorie section. I say no, let them eat in peace."

Pat Long said: "You can buy a calorie book to take with you, why should restaurants have this additional worry and cost at this difficult time. They are struggling to stay open so this will add to costs which obviously will have to be passed on to public and increase price of meals."

Beryl Derbyshire commented: "It won't stop me eating what I want. If I want to diet I do it at home. If I couldn't eat something for medical reasons I would just avoid it."

Linda said: "When I go out for a meal I just want to enjoy it not worrying about calories."

Anita Patterson added: "Omg imagine how many couples would end up having a row over it all. A case of "mmm i think i will have this" partner says omg you can't have that have you seen how many calories in that. Why don't you have same as me it has less calories & therefore better for you!" I personally would flip to be told my choice is wrong. I just want to enjoy my personal choice."

On Twitter, Frankie Leach said: "Just thought of the horror of going out to eat in a group and having others know how many calories are in your food choices. Utterly, utterly horrendous. So sorry, I'm dreading it."