The restaurant culture in the UK has become undoubtedly increasingly popular over the last two decades, and now experts opine there could be more drawbacks than benefits from that. Medical experts say the increased instances of eating out, could be leading to children putting on too much weight in their early years.
The practice of eating out, experts say, has become a norm rather than a treat, as was the case in years gone by. With life moving at a higher speed, people find it more efficient to eat out, or order deliveries, rather than preparing meals at home. Most orders made are for junk food and, even when healthy meals are bought, the continued consumption of one food proves to be not so healthy.
As a result, restaurants have now been asked to consider including the calories of each meal on the menu. They have also been requested to take an active role in advising parents and young diners, about the health benefits and risks of different foods.
However, restaurant owners opine that it is not the habit of eating out that is leading to early obesity. Instead, the reduction in physical activity among children could be a key factor. Today, children are less likely to be found playing outside, as they were fifteen years ago.
The improved access to a computer and mobile games has turned them into couch potatoes, raising the possibility of putting on weight, even if they eat low-calorie diets prepared at home.
Whatever the case, it is a fact that early weight gain is a concern that is calling for quick intervention throughout the UK.