Families will find it easier to make healthier food choices, using the information from new kilojoule labelling laws, which came into effect last week.
From 1 May, large Victorian fast food and supermarket chains must display the kilojoule content of ready-to-eat food and drinks, along with the average adult daily energy intake of 8,700 kilojoules.
Kilojoule labelling will be featured on menus in large food chains with 20 or more outlets in Victoria, or those with 50 outlets nationally and at least one in our state. This means around 2,500 outlets in Victoria will be subject to the laws.
The kilojoule content will also be on the tags of ready-to-eat food in more than 550 supermarkets.
Greater awareness of kilojoule content and daily intake, supplied as you shop, can help Victorians build healthy food habits and live longer, healthier lives.
The average Australian eats out more than four times a week. Almost half these meals, like burgers, chips, pizzas, smoothies and bakery items, and even some salads, are too high in kilojoules.
One take-away meal may contain more than half of an adult’s daily kilojoule intake, making it easy to eat far too much without realising it. A beef burger with chips and a soft drink could contain around 5,000 kilojoules. It would take the average person more than four hours of walking to burn that much energy.
Data shows about two thirds of Victorian adults and a quarter of kids are overweight or obese, and the rates are rising. Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, costing the state $14.4 billion each year.