Caloric labelling should not be a strategy in Boris Johnson’s obesity scheme.

Caloric labelling should not be a strategy in Boris Johnson’s obesity scheme.

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As part of Boris Johnson’s Anti Obesity campaign, one of the strategies is that any food serving company with over 250 employee’s must display the calories of every food on their menu. The idea being that when people see the options, they will choose the lowest in aid of weight loss. Not only does this promote eating disorder behaviours but it is also incorrect. Lower calories does not mean healthier! 

I have an eating disorder and have done for about 3 years, and calories make up a massive part in my life, and can be the difference between a good day and a bad one. 
Seeing the calories displayed to clearly is a sure-fire trigger for those with eating disorders, as well as everywhere being plastered with weight loss promotion and disgust placed on those who ignore it. 

Body positivity and confidence whatever your size is becoming more common on social media. But this does not fit. This idea that we should conform to the ‘social norm’ is wrong and harmful. 

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. But this doesn’t seem to phase Boris Johnson as he ploughs on with his schemes. 

What about when the number of eating disorder cases start to rise? What will he do then? 

As someone trying to recover from an Eating Disorder, I try to actively avoid seeing calories and calorie counting and this is the same for the majority of people trying to recover. It is a hard process and would be made even harder when the calories of everything are plastered crystal clear in front of our faces. 

I started this petition in the hopes that Boris Johnson or someone who has the power to make a difference may hear it. A 16 year old girl cannot make a difference on her own and I need help. Because for the 1-4 million people in the UK suffering from an eating disorder, this could be life and death. 

Weight loss should be a choice. Eating Disorders are not.

 

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