This week the news reported that the Government was going to step in of companies didn’t reduce the calories in their food. Companies making the likes of ready meals, fast food etc. is being targeted as a way to reduce the obesity crisis.
I watched some of the news in which parents were interviewed and asked whether they thought about the calories in fast food and convenience food when they were serving them to their kids……………..no apparently they had no idea and it had never occurred to them to find out.
Ok, I’m going to try not to rant here but ARE THERE REALLY STILL PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT HAVE NO IDEA THAT EATING TOO MANY CALORIES WILL MAKE YOU PUT ON WEIGHT AND THAT MCDONALDS HAS NEVER BEEN CONSIDERED A HEALTHY MEAL!
Sorry, just had to get that out. Honestly though –the calories are on the menu albeit in tiny writing but its there. I also think there is so much information out there on this kind of thing that I really can’t see how we can’t be aware that overeating is bad for you and eating less calories and usually less junk food is the answer-feel free to correct me if you think I’m wrong and that it is really difficult to find out about healthy eating and weight loss. Yes there is lots of nonsense advice out there but none of it promotes Pizza Hut as the key to healthy living.
To be honest I don’t think it’s a bad idea as such, but I do think the Government actually needs to start telling people very clearly that shock horror they are responsible for their own health, not McDonalds or Greggs.
Public Health England has given guidelines for calories at each meal.
Breakfast 400 cals
Lunch 600 cals
Dinner 600 cals
This totals 1600 calories so I guess leaves room for a snack. I think that seems fairly sensible-it’s not dissimilar to my own eating but unfortunately as we have already mentioned apparently the concept of finding out the calories of food is a strange and alien concept to people so I’m not sure how much of that advice will be taken on board, which is a shame because obviously it would massively help people to lose weight if they followed the guidelines.
McDonalds has already been getting on board with this with their Meals under 400 and 600 Calories campaign, which as soon as I heard the breakfast ad on the radio I thought was a genius bit of marketing-they’ve taken the hard work out for you, now you already know what to order when you decide to go on that diet eating at McDonalds could be easier for you to figure out than going to the supermarket and buying raw ingredients!
Hey, for those of us that already know that calories in and calories out is a sound and simple principle it can only be a good thing that it will be even easier for us if we do fancy that take away, but for those people that still have no clue how this whole nutrition thing works I’m not sure it’s going to be the huge progressive impact it needs to be-which I do honestly think is a shame but proper education in schools, Dr’s etc. needs to be in place rather than blaming the food companies.
You are responsible for your own health, not Ronald McDonald!