Pizzas, pies and sandwiches could all be given calorie limits under new Government plans to tackle obesity in Britain.
New proposals suggest a limit of 928 calories in a standard pizza and 695 calories in a savoury pie.
This will see many restaurants having to cut the size and number of toppings on their pizzas.
‘These are early days in the calorie reduction programme,’ Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said.
‘But the food industry has a responsibility to act.
‘The simple truth is that on average, we need to eat less.
‘Children and adults routinely eat too many calories.
‘It’s why we’ve seen severe obesity in 10 to 11-year-olds at an all time high.’
Record obesity numbers
The suggested limits come fresh on the back of figures showing obesity has reached record levels in children.
Levels of obesity in children aged 10-11 years old have risen by more than a third since 2006/7 to 4.2%.
The numbers of obese children in poorer areas is more than double those in the richest areas.
‘Obesity is a problem that has been decades in the making,’ Steve Brine, Public Health Minister, said.
‘(It’s a problem) that will take significant effort across Government, schools, families and wider society to address.
‘We cannot expect to see a reversal in trends overnight.
‘But we have been clear that we are willing to do whatever it takes to keep children healthy and well in this country.
‘We have already removed tonnes of sugar from children’s diets through the sugar tax.
‘And this summer we announced the second chapter of our childhood obesity strategy with a series of bold plans to halve child obesity by 2030.’
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