What is the impact of out-of-home eating on daily energy intake?

Regular consumption of meals eaten outside the home have been associated with weight gain and other health conditions. Results from the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey have found evidence that supports the relationship between mean daily energy intake and consumption of out-of-home meals.

Key findings from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey Include:

  • Adults who eat out of the home at a restaurant, café or takeaway at least once a week consume 75 to 104 more calories per day. This is equivalent to an annual weight gain of 7.8  to 10.8 pounds.
  • Children who consume takeaway meals at least once a week have a greater daily energy intake.
  • Children from lowest income households had a greater daily energy intake from takeaways than children from households in the highest income group.

These findings highlight the need to make improvements to the nutritional quality of meals purchased in cafés, takeaways, restaurants and other outlets where food can be purchased outside the home. This might include nutrition labelling on menus to help consumers make more informed dietary choices, reducing portion sizes or recipe reformulation.

If you would like to find out more about making healthy food choices outside of the home take a look at our Healthy Menu Options page. 

Posted: 17/11/2017 09:04:21 by Sarah Cassidy
Filed under: Energy Intake, Takeaways, Weight Gain


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