It has been reported that fast food restaurants have been given 12 months of time to bring changes in its menu and to make the labeling visible on the menu against the content of the food items.
New labeling rules have been called for. The rule would be applied to more than 20 food outlets of Australia. As per the new rules, the outlets should show the quantity of calories contained by the food items in Kilojoule.
Health Minister John Hill was reported as saying, “Controlling our weight keeps us healthy and active and can help prevent ... chronic illnesses - but we need to know what's in the food we're eating. Kilojoule labeling…can make an informed choice”.
It was observed that last year, about 60% of the South Australian adults are suffering from obesity and 25% of the youngsters are also facing obesity. It is estimated that in the coming years, the expenditure of the Australian over takeaway food would increase by manifold.
Obesity is causing concern in many countries. It has been linked to life threatening diseases like heart disease and diabetes. The government is required to bring in strategies to deal with the growing cases of obesity.
Obesity in turn increases the health expenditure. As the cancer is hard to cure and diagnosis, it is better to take the preventive measures like avoiding being obese would help in reducing the cancer cases. It is estimated that a bucket of chicken carries 2,200 to 5,860 calories. However, the consumers are unaware of it. Bringing awareness among the consumer about the intake of calories can help in reducing obesity cases. It is hoped that trough the new labeling system the government would be able to establish a control over widespread obesity.