Advice for Eating Out with Calorie Labelling
Last summer, Parliament passed legislation making it compulsory for restaurants, cafes and takeaways with more than 250 employees to print calorie labels on menus. We know that many people with eating disorders will find this makes an already challenging situation harder, so we're launching our "Eating out Without the Count" campaign to support young people with the new legislation.
We're encouraging restaurants and cafés in Birmingham City Centre to offer calorie free menus to help support recovery. Keep an eye on this page as we'll keep it updated with a list of recovery-friendly restaurants in the area.
We are also sharing advice from our Specialist Eating Disorder team (SEDS). Take a look at their top tips below for eating out with calorie labelling:
Ring ahead and ask if the restaurant has a calorie free menu option or ask for the calorie free version when you get there - some restaurants provide this.
Order the same as a friend or family member to take the pressure off making the decision for yourself.
Ask someone you trust for help if you feel like you are struggling. They could read the menu items to you if you don't yet feel comfortable looking at the menu yourself.
Remember that eating out is a social activity, so it is important to tune into what is important about this for you, such as helping you to connect with and spend time with friends and family members.
Be prepared and try to have a plan for how you can approach making choices. You could set a time limit (30 seconds to 1 minute) for how long you allow yourself to make a choice, or you could decide on the type of food you would like before you go.
Advice and support
If you're looking for more support, our partner, Beats, has put together guidance to help with dining out now the new laws have come into effect.
For more information and advice on how to stop calorie counting’ click below: