Public Health Not Public Shaming – Tweet your MP

The Government’s plans for a range of measures to encourage weight loss, including a weight loss app and the introduction of calorie labelling in some restaurants, cafes and takeaways will be potentially harmful to those vulnerable to developing an eating disorder and those currently experiencing an eating disorder. We need to spread the word that these measures need a serious rethink.

As someone affected by an eating disorder highlighted:
“If the measures that are being suggested had been present when I had an eating disorder, it would have made going out to eat a thousand times more stressful than it was already - I would have been obsessively checking the menu online beforehand, what the calorie count of everyone else’s meal was compared to my own, all the while screaming on the inside. This is not necessary.”

Evidence shows that calorie labelling on menus risk exacerbating eating disorders of all kinds. However, there is limited evidence that this reduces obesity at a population level.

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