These McDonald's, KFC, Domino's And Nando's Meals Could Be Banned Following 'Calorie Cap'
The proposal is for a cap of around 951 calories per meal, which might mean that fast-food fan favourites could be scrapped.
Dame Sally Davies, the outgoing Chief Medical Officer, has made the suggestions in a bid to tackle the UK's much-discussed obesity epidemic.
In the final report, Davies warned that we are 'nowhere near' solving childhood obesity and put forward a number of recommendations.
These included banning food and drink from trains and buses, adding VAT to unhealthy food (meaning that the extra cash can be used to make fruit and vegetables cheaper for people to buy), only offering water and milk as drinks for children in nurseries or schools, and ending the marketing and sale of junk food at major sporting events and concerts.
Yes, that last bit includes pies at the football.
So could this signal the death knell for some of our favourite fast-food treats?
This could have an impact on popular KFC meals like the Fillet Box, the Big Daddy Meal box meal, the Zinger Stacker Box Meal and the Zinger Stacker Meal.
When it comes to McDonald's, the cap could mean curtains for items such as the Double Quarter Pounder with cheese and fries, the French Stack and fries, the Italian Stack and fries, and the Swiss Stack and fries, among others.
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Over at Nando's, a chicken burger and PERi chips might become a no-go, as well as other items such as 12 PERi-PERi chicken wings and PERi chips.
When it comes to Domino's, as you'd imagine, most of the pizzas pass the 951 calorie limit - although that's arguably a given, since food from the pizza chain is usually shared.
Speaking to The Sun, Davies said we are now in the 'last chance saloon' in terms of the obesity epidemic, and explained that ministers would be failing kids unless they took 'bold action'.
Discussing the possibility of a calorie cap, UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls told The Daily Star: "A blanket cap on calories for all portions of food and drink consumed out-of-home sounds like a knee-jerk and unfair measure."
On its website, McDonald's says: "McDonald's believes that the national obesity issue is a shared responsibility, and a complex one. The company's starting point has been to look at recipe improvements and providing parents with all the nutritional facts.
"That's why McDonald's has been committed to lowering the salt, sugar and fat levels in Happy Meal menu items over recent years, whilst being careful not to undermine the taste.
"Along with this, there's been improved nutritional information included on most packaging and the backs of all tray liners in restaurants."
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