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Say 'NO' to calories on menus in Scotland

The Scottish Government is considering introducing calories on menus, as part of it's Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan.

That means every time you go to restaurants, cafes or takeaways, you’ll see a calorie count for every single thing you eat or drink. From starter to dessert, coffee to cocktail.

Why does it matter? 

Well, there’s very little evidence that calorie-labelling helps you get healthier. But the research does show that it harms people with eating disorders.

We know because we’ve spent years campaigning against calories on menus. And despite our best efforts, similar legislation was introduced in England this April.

Sadly, we’ve already seen the negative impact.

Since April, many of our beneficiaries have reported struggling with these changes when seeking help via our services.

“If this law had come into place while I was struggling, it would have been confirmation that calories should inform all of my food choices. It would have severely damaged my recovery, and my heart aches for those who may be struggling now.”

Together, we can take a stand

With your help, we can still stop this harmful legislation from passing in Scotland.

How? Sign our open letter to Maree Todd, urging her to reconsider adding calories on menus.

Stand With Beat

Not sure you want to sign?

You can share your views on calories on menus by completing the Scottish Government's consultation. The more responses they receive, the louder our voice on this.

We have produced some jargon busting top tips to help you get your voice heard! You can find the link to the consultation on page three.