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Women Think Calories On Menus Will Harm People With Eating Disorders

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Most British women think printing calorie counts on menus will have a negative impact or harm people with eating disorders.

According to a recent YouGov survey seven in ten women aged 18 to 29 (71%) are the most likely to think calorie counts on menus would have a negative impact on the number of people with eating disorders.

Brits split over calorie counts

From 6 April it became compulsory for all restaurants, cafes and takeaways with 250 or more staff to print how many calories are in the meals on their menus.

This new government initiative is part of plans to tackle obesity by promoting healthier eating choices. The YouGov data reveals over half of Brits (54%) support including calorie counts on food menus, compared to a third (33%) who oppose it.

Despite the support of it most people thought it won’t actually work on its stated aim of helping to tackle obesity as when they were asked whether including calories on food menus would have a positive or negative impact on tackling obesity in the UK, half of Britons (51%) said it will have no impact. Alongside this, 45% also thought it will have no impact on making people eat healthier.

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In comparison to people asked about it last year more Britons now think listing calories on menus will have a negative impact on the number of people with eating disorders. In March 2021 only a quarter of Brits, 24%, thought it would negatively impact people whereas in April this year 37% of people thought that way.

Divide in gender and age

However the data splits quite significantly between gender and data. Women were over twice as likely to think that calories on menus will have a negative impact on the number of people with eating disorders (50%) than men are (23%).

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It was women aged 18 to 29 who were most likely to think the count on menus would negatively impact people and while there were not as opposed women in other age groups did tend to sway towards the thought calories on menus would be harmful.

This included 60% of women in their 30s, 50% of those in their 40s and 47% of those in their 50s thinking this.

As for men less than two in ten 18 to 29-year-olds thought it would have no impact and 40% thought it would. Whereas most men age 40 and over thought it would have no impact.

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