Scottish restaurants could be forced to display calories on menus


Calorie labelling on restaurant and takeaway menus could become mandatory after Scotland’s public health minister Maree Todd launched a public consultation on the proposals to tackle obesity.

It’s part of a wider strategy called the Out of Home Action Plan that aims to ‘reduce health inequalities and support people to live longer healthier lives.’

She said, “We know by giving people more information, such as the number of calories in meals, empowers people to make healthier decisions when eating out, or ordering in. This plan proposes bold measures on how we can work with the food industry to create sustainable change to reduce harm to people’s health caused by poor diet and excess weight.”

Children’s menus could also have to abide by a ‘code of practice’  to ensure healthy food options are available when families eat out.