In the past couple of days there has been a lot of media coverage reporting that Public Health England is changing the guidelines on how many calories people should consume in a day.
This is not what Public Health England are doing.
The recommendations on how many calories the population should consume in a day to maintain a healthy weight have not changed. Women should still aim to consume 2,000 calories a day from food and drink, men should aim for 2,500.
It’s true that there is a new campaign, due to launch in the spring of 2018, which aims to help people be more aware of and reduce (if they need to) how many calories they consume from the 3 main meals of the day, in particular when eating on the go. There will be a simple rule of thumb to help them do this: 400:600:600 – people should aim for 400 calories from breakfast and 600 each from lunch and dinner.
The new campaign involves working with high street food chains to offer healthier choices and help get the message out there that many of the extra calories being consumed are out of the home – when people are on the go.
This recent media coverage is a really good example of how the media can distort a message and add to the uncertainty and confusion around nutrition and health.
More info can be found here: Behind the headlines: calorie guidelines remain unchanged