Australian fast food giants are not doing enough to reduce obesity and promote nutrition according to research released today that slams the industry.
A report created by Deakin University’s Global Obesity Centre ranked Australia’s fast food restaurant chains based on the steps they have taken to promote healthy eating.
Of the 11 fast food restaurant chains that were given a score out of 100, not one managed to record a result above 50.
At the top of the list was Subway, which recorded a total score of 48, while Domino’s Pizza was deemed to be the chain doing the least to reduce obesity in Australia, notching up just three points.
“The majority of the largest quick service restaurants in Australia do not publicly identify nutrition and health as a focus area,” the report said.
“Across the sector, there is limited disclosure of company efforts to address obesity and population nutrition issues.”
The report looked six areas in which the fast food chains aimed to promote nutrition and reduce obesity by reducing salts, sugars and fats in their foods, correctly labelling nutrition information and endorsing healthy food options through cheaper prices and more marketing.
“The highest performers all had made some public commitment to population nutrition at the national level, and had several related policies in place,” the report said.
“The other companies had few public commitments related to nutrition and health issues at the national level.”
While the research did not focus specifically on the nutritious value of the foods sold by each of the chains, it did look at how each of the brands plan on becoming sellers of healthier options.
As three of the lowest-placed options, Domino’s Pizza scored zero points in four of the six areas, while Oporto and Red Rooster scored zero in three categories.
The report recommended the 11 chains to increase their focuses on reducing obesity, reducing the salts, sugars and fats in their foods while including more vegetables and fruits, limiting serving sizes and actively exposing children and adolescents to nutritious options.
Given that these findings suggest popular fast food chain restaurants aren’t doing enough to offer healthy alternatives and promote a balanced diet, it’s even more apparent that consumers should be mindful of the types of food they consume daily.
Shopping at Your Local Greengrocer is always a step in the right direction in establishing healthy eating habits. Instead of opting for fast food because it’s perceived as convenient, try to incorporate a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables from Your Local Greengrocer in every meal throughout the day and you’ll notice a positive difference — not only in your health but your wallet too.
Original article by Nine Digital