Public Health Not Public Shaming – Email your MP

 

We need the support of your Member of Parliament (MP) to ask them to consider the impact of introducing mandatory calorie labelling on people affected by eating disorders.

Evidence shows that calorie labelling on menus risks exacerbating all eating disorders. However, there is limited evidence supporting the idea that calorie counts on menus will lead to a reduction in calories purchased by the general population.

As someone affected by an eating disorder highlighted:

My heart sank when I read that large restaurant companies would be mandated to add calorie information. It took me years to overcome my fear of restaurant food - calorie labelling will without a doubt make it hard for me to eat at any chain restaurant. This is a small thing but the increase in anxiety impacts my social life and thus my general wellbeing. I am not the only one who will experience this.

We have drafted a letter that you can use. However, we would encourage you to personalise this, if you can, as we know that personal stories are very impactful. Including the impact these measures will have on you personally and your feelings about them will make the letter even more powerful.

Simply complete your details in the form on this page and you will be taken to the drafted letter. Don’t forget to press send!

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