Burgers, steak bakes and pizzas could shrink under new plans

Burgers, steak bakes and pizzas could all be shrunk by 20 per cent to help cut the obesity epidemic in the UK, according to a new plan.

Public Health England wants fast food companies to cut the size of their portions by a fifth.

Food deals for children would also have to have their calories slashed by 10 per cent.

Pizzas were singled out by the Public Health England report as a major source of calories as some contain more than the daily recommended intake, reports The Mirror.

Crisps, sandwiches and other snacks would be reduced by five per cent in calories under the plans.

The report by the government also recommends a plan to reduce people’s salt intake after it was found that many have more than the recommended limit of 6g.

The current average is 8.4g a day, an analysis found.

Public Health Minister Jo Churchill told The Sun : “We can all do our bit to stay healthy, to help protect us from coronavirus and take pressure off the NHS.

“The food industry can play their part, by making it as easy as possible for everyone to eat more healthily. These guidelines will help them take positive action.”

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist for PHE, added: “Eating food and drink that’s higher in calories than people realise is one of the reasons why many of us are either overweight or obese.

“This is about broadening choice for consumers, as well as making the healthier choice the easy choice. Progress to date on sugar and salt reduction has shown that this can happen without compromising on taste and quality.”

Currently 28.7% of adults in England are obese with 35.6% overweight, which costs the NHS £6.1billion each year.

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