Calorie count on every Dubai menu
The move to include calorie counts on every menu in Dubai aims to curb the country’s obesity problem. Eating out has been a struggle for those looking to diet, with many menu options filled with hidden calories. Soon, however, it will be easier for Dubai diners to get a full overview of…
Dubai’s move to include calories in every menu aims to curb obesity in the country
Eating out has always been a struggle for those trying to diet, and many menu options are full of hidden calories. Soon, however, it will be easier for Dubai diners to get a full picture of the ingredients in the food they eat. All restaurants are required to declare the calorie content of food on their menus, according to a new regulation proposed by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
Dr Waffa Ayesh, Director of Clinical Nutrition at DHA, said the move is aimed at curbing the UAE’s growing obesity problem. “Requiring restaurants to provide nutrition and calorie information to consumers in a direct and accessible manner will help [diners to be] more informed, hopefully [make] Healthy eating choices,” Ayesh told The National.
According to the 2016 KPMG Food and Drink Report, nearly 70% of people in the UAE say they go out at least once a week, while the World Health Organization’s 2015 obesity report showed that the UAE is twice as likely to be obese as the global average.