Members of the public are going to be asked whether they want calories to be published in restaurant menus, the government has announced.
Earlier this month the Department of Health said it wanted to force eating establishments to publish their foods calorie content for all customers to see.
But the plans have been criticised by the Treasury which said the move would damage smaller businesses.
Despite that, the government has announced a public consultant will be launched to help decide on the matter, a decision that has been welcomed by health campaigners.
Steve Brine, the public health minister, said: “Families want to know what they are eating when on the go, but in many cafes, restaurants and takeaways this information is not available.”
The proposal to make calories listed in menus is part of the government’s strategy to halve childhood obesity by 2030. Obesity is commonly associated with type 2 diabetes, but can be prevented and in the case of type 2 diabetes even put into remission.
“Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, and is often both preventable and reversible,” added Mr Brine. “That’s why we are taking action through this consultation, and I would ask everyone to respond with their ideas on how we can make this work.
“This is not about forcing anyone to eat certain things, or companies to behave in a certain way. But I firmly believe we have a right to know the nutritional content of the food we give to our children.”
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