With obesity rates soaring in the U.K., the British government thinks that it is a good idea to force the whole country into a diet. According to Public Health England’s latest guidelines, daily calorie intake for a Briton should be slashed by 20%.
British authorities estimate that obesity left unchecked could lead to an extra $9 billion in healthcare losses and 35,000 early deaths every year. The recent guidelines are instructing the whole population to eat less and healthier.
Public Health England, which is a branch of the country’s Department of Health and Social Care, plans to force the fast-food industry into developing products that are low in calories and help people lose weight.
Older guidelines recommended an intake of 2,000-2,500 calories per day for an adult. However, since most British folks consume from 200 to 300 more calories than the recommended maximum, it is no wonder that so many people are obese.
British Government Trims Daily Calorie Intake
British authorities want the daily calorie intake to stand at 1,600 calories, while Britons should ensure that they eat only three meals per day, every day. However, since an average meal in a fast-food restaurant exceeds 800 calories, the fast-food industry must jump on the bandwagon to make it happen.
British authorities must have realized that simple recommendations like cutting portion sizes and moving more do not work. Also, food labels are still pretty much cryptic to most Britons when it comes to how many calories they need to consume per day.
So, what do 1,600 calories mean? Most people consume this amount with a simple Chinese takeaway or a few hamburgers after a long day at work. What’s more, nearly no one can have three meals a day as most workers eat snacks at work.
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