Many of us are eating too much. What can we do about it?
Many of us are taking in more calories than we realise – around 200 to 300 more than we need, each day. Over time, these extra calories can creep up on us and cause unhealthy weight gain.
We like eating out and takeaways too; a quarter of our calories comes from eating out, which can make it tricky to keep track.
This ‘calorie creep’ contributes to the UK’s growing obesity problem, causing a range of
health problems, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. As well as setting
us up for a lifetime of ill health, obesity is also expensive for the NHS. Treating obesity costs around £6 billion every year.
The new One You campaign aims to help us be more aware of the calories we take in, through food and drink, while we’re on the go. It’s designed to make healthier choices easier, whether picking up breakfast on the way to work, having lunch at your desk or buying everyday meals.
Aim for 400-600-600
For adults, the message is simple: Aim for 400-600-600. That’s 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner, plus a couple of healthy snacks and drinks in-between.
Well-known food outlets – including Greggs, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Subway – will provide more
choice, so that you can find meals at around 400 calories for breakfast and 600 calories for
lunch and dinner.
So if you are looking to eat a little healthier, try a different choice today and aim for 400-600-600.
Because there’s only One You.
Find out more
Click on the One You website for more information and tips on healthy eating, plus ideas for making other healthy changes in your life.