Survey shows healthy options for eating out a must for Cornwall’s residents

Ninety-eight percent of residents who took part in a recent Sugar Smart survey by Cornwall Council said they think it’s important to have healthy options available when eating out.

Nearly 900 people took part in the online survey earlier this year, with the results showing that people are not only concerned about what is in their food and drink, but they want to see more options available and for businesses to make it easier to make a healthy choice.

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Interim Public Health Director for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Dr. Caroline Court, said the survey highlighted the fact that people were becoming more aware of what they eat and that there was a growing demand for healthier choices.

“The results from this survey are important. In Cornwall around 27% of children aged 4-5 are considered overweight through the National Child Measurement Programme and the current trend is for this figure to increase throughout the primary school years to around 32% by age 10-11.

“And it doesn’t get better as we get older, 64% of Cornwall’s population over the age of 18 are overweight or obese.

“Reducing sugar intake is one way for us to tackle this and it’s encouraging that one in two people want to see cafes, restaurants and takeaways selling healthier food

“We’re keen to work with the food industry and business in Cornwall to help improve the health of our residents and make it easier to make choices while dining out, and look forward to progressing with the next steps.”

Jamie Oliver supporter of the campaign said “It’s brilliant to have SUGAR SMART Cornwall join the growing national network of SUGAR SMART cities, boroughs and counties. They’ll be joining us in raising awareness about the long-term damage too much sugar can have on our health, and empowering us all to reduce it in our diets. We're facing a growing obesity crisis where one in three children  are leaving primary school either overweight or obese, seriously  increasing their chances of developing diet-related diseases, like type-2 diabetes, earlier in adult life. Eating nutritious food and getting regular exercise will help us all lead healthier and happier lives.”

More information will be available on the SUGAR SMART campaign on stand 95 at the Royal Cornwall Show where there will be quizzes to guess the sugar in our food and drink, or find out how to become a SUGAR SMART ambassador if you’d like to support our campaign.

Story posted 5 June.