Calorie count on Dubai restaurant menus by law

Time Out has details on the new measure which will see a calorie count on Dubai restaurant menus by law to fight obesity in the UAE

Calorie count on Dubai restaurant menus by law

Here’s a piece of news that’s likely to divide Dubai diners.
Authorities are looking to implement a law which will see the city’s restaurants include calorie information for each dish on their menus.

So it looks like the days of guilt-free brunching are numbered!

The measure is meant to curb obesity patterns in the UAE by making people more aware of what they’re putting in their body.

Up to 60.5 per cent of UAE residents are either overweight or obese (according to a 2015 study by insurance provider Zurich International Life) and it’s a widely shared opinion among expats that Dubai life is conducive to picking up a few kilos.

Whether it’s the abundance of great food joints, the countless sedentary hours spent sitting at our desks or the fact that in the summertime walking around isn’t really an option, there probably is some truth to the “Dubai’s made me fat” cliché.

"The move will help promote the concept of mindful eating and will deter people from frequently opting for high calorie meals," Dr Waffa Ayesh, director of clinical nutrition at Dubai Health Authority, told The National.

"Globally obesity rates are growing while dependence on outside eating has increased from an occasional weekend meal to eating out on a more frequent basis.

"Requiring restaurants to give consumers nutritional and calorie information in a direct and accessible manner will help them make informed and, hopefully, healthy dietary choices."

Even though these are all fair points, how do you feel about being reminded constantly about the calories you’re gobbling up when most likely you just want to enjoy your meal?


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