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New calorie labelling regulations


May 05, 2022

Regulations came into effect on 6 April requiring restaurants, cafes, and takeaways in England to provide calorie information on menus and food displays, including those online. The legislation applies only to businesses with over 250 employees, with exemptions for charities, hospitals, care homes, and temporary menu items. But this is still an important milestone in government obesity policy—an area where promised interventions are not always delivered.2

The global burden of diet-related ill health is growing. In England, 68% of men and 60% of women are overweight or obese. Recent estimates suggest a huge jump in rates of childhood obesity. Over 40% of 10-11 year olds were overweight or obese in 2020-21 compared with 35.2% the year before, and obesity rates are twice as high among the most deprived children as in the least deprived.

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