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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 231440, tabled on 12 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to promote greater consumer awareness on the importance of portion control in food and beverages.

Answered on

20 March 2019

In 2018 Public Health England launched a campaign to encourage adults to make healthier choices and manage their calorie consumption when eating on the go and out of the home. The One You ‘400-600-600’ campaign aimed to help adults manage their calorie intake by following simple guidance when eating meals out of the home: aim for around 400 calories for breakfast, 600 calories for lunch and 600 calories for dinner.

As part of Change4Life’s aim to help families eat well, the campaign reminds parents to think about ‘Me-sized meals’ when it comes to portion sizes for children, as children do not have the same energy requirements from their food as adults.

In 2018, Change4Life’s healthier snacking campaign helped families to cut down on the type and amount of snacks they give to their children by following a simple tip to look for 100 calories snacks, two a day maximum.