PIZZAS and pies in restaurants look set to shrink because of plans to tackle child obesity.
Health bosses say chefs need to make sure pies don’t contain more than 695 calories, and pizzas should be under 928 calories. It’s thought restaurants will have to shrink their pizzas or change the recipes to cut back on the calories.
For instance, right now, all the Romana pizzas at Pizza Express are over this calorie limit, apart from vegan pizzas, which don’t have cheese. The amount of energy in an item of food or drink is measured in calories. You need lots of energy and nutrients from a healthy, balanced diet because you’re still growing. A ten-year-old needs around 2,000 calories a day, but the amount can vary depending on how active you are.
When we eat and drink more calories than we use up, our bodies store the excess as body fat. If this continues over time we may put on weight.
Figures out this week show that severe obesity among England’s 10 and 11-year-olds is at record levels, affecting more than 24,000 children. This can lead to disease later in life. That’s why the Government wants to cut calories in ready meals, pizzas and savoury snacks by a fifth by 2024. The full plans are due to be announced in the spring.