The Food Standards Scotland has launched a new campaign to encourage people in Scotland to ‘say no to upsizing’ more often.
The latest study carried out by the Agency shows that 23% of people in Scotland regularly upsize food and drink when eating out of the home – in restaurants, cafes, shops and takeaways. 43% of them don’t think about extra calories when adding sides or extras and taking meal deals.
Elspeth Macdonald, Deputy Chief Executive at Food Standards Scotland said: “Upsizing can result in people buying more food and drink than they’d originally intended. It may seem like a good deal, but do you need a larger sugary drink or an extra side? These deals are often for unhealthier foods and drinks providing unnecessary extra calories that could contribute to weight gain, obesity and lead to potential health problems.
“Obesity remains one of Scotland’s biggest health concerns - around two-thirds of adults in Scotland are overweight or obese. Yet many people are eating or drinking extra calories, fat and sugar whenever they pop out for something to eat or see a film. Saying no to upsizing could be a positive step towards improving the Scottish diet.”