Do We Really Need A Calorie Count On Menus?

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As a millennial, I’m used to the government spending money on pointless shit. I mean lets face it the millennium dome was a colossal waste of money and don’t even get me started on the whole Brexit debacle which has cost this country millions only for politicians to freely admit when it comes to actually doing it, they don’t know their arse from their elbow. Adding a calorie count to menus is another great waste of time, money and effort the government are installing to make us feel like they are actually useful in any capacity.

In their infinite wisdom, the government have now decided that restaurant should include a calorie count on their menus. According to a draft piece of legislation seen exclusively by the Telegraph, a calorie count will be included on menus for restaurants and takeaways. Not only have many pointed out on social media how absolutely daft this is, but eating disorder charities have also come out and said this approach is far from helpful.

I’ve been to restaurants that do this voluntarily, and while I have no problem with it, I can’t say I like the idea of staring at a calorie count every time I go out for a meal. I already have to deal with skinny girls on Instagram making me feel inadequate, I don’t need a restaurant menu going “OI FATTY PUT THAT BURGER DOWN”. As someone who has to be incredibly careful what I eat, my modus operandi for going out for a meal is to check the menu ahead and make sure there is something I can have. Surely, this is a pretty simple thing to do if you are watching the calories?

For a start, a calorie count isn’t always the most reliable method of figuring out if what you are eating is health and balanced (Google how may calories are in an Avocado, I dare you). Secondly, anyone who enjoys a health balanced diet deserves a treat now and again without being made to feel like their arteries are going to give up just because they had a steak. Going out for a meal is an something occasional, and even for those who go out to eat every day, they are grown adults who can probably handle looking after their own diet. It isn’t often I agree with Piers Morgan, but I do genuinely believe the world has gone mad.

Because let’s face it. If you need to be told that a burger isn’t as healthy as a salad, you have more problems on your plate than just your weight.


  1. September 19, 2018 / 7:20 am

    I find the calorie count really useful, in some instances.
    I’ve been calorie (and macro) counting for about 3 months now and managed to lose a good chunk of weight. Staying within my calorie limit each day has been the main way I’ve done that. Obviously I’ve not been able to eat all the burgers and chips I wanted to but I have been able to enjoy them occasionally by fitting the calories into my day/week. It helps to be able to enjoy that treat and still stay on track 🙂

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