Are calories creeping up on you?

Stockport Council welcomes the new “One You” campaign from Public Health England that encourages adults to watch their calorie intake.

Are calories creeping up on you?

In Stockport around 64% of adults are overweight or obese.

The campaign encourages adults to watch their calorie intake and provides adults with a simple tip to help them make healthier choices while out and about. The message is aim for 400-600-600. That’s around 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner, plus a couple of healthier snacks and drinks in-between.

The tip aims to help adults reduce excess calorie consumption and stay within their recommended daily intake - 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men each day.

Major retailers – including Greggs, McDonalds, Starbucks and Subway – are providing a range of options to help shoppers find 400 and 600 calorie meals. This will make healthier choices easier for their millions of customers across the UK.

Excess calories are contributing to the country’s growing obesity problem, causing a range of health issues including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said:

“Consuming too many calories is very easy especially for those of us with busy lives when we’re grabbing food out and about. Something as common as a meal deal of a sandwich, a sugary soft drink and a packet of crisps can easily contain around 800 calories. This campaign will help consumers to identify healthier options more easily and hopefully help them keep the weight off. I know it's difficult I'm trying to do exactly as I've outlined and it's hard to do.”