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Should physical activity calorie equivalent (PACE) labelling be introduced on food labels and menus to reduce excessive calorie consumption? Issues and opportunities

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posted on 11.10.2021, 10:23 by Amanda DaleyAmanda Daley, Sara N Bleich
PACE food labelling seeks to provide kilocalorie information with an interpretation of what the kilocalorie content of the food item or meal means for energy expenditure. For example, “the kilocalories in this pizza require 110 minutes of walking to expend”. Displaying calorie content in an easily understandable format is important given evidence indicating that the public consistently underestimate the energy content of food when labelling is not provided. Evidence from systematic reviews and trials testing the effects of PACE labelling point to the possible benefits of inclusion on food labels and menus. However, several criticisms of this labelling system have been raised. This commentary explores both the issues and opportunities related to PACE labelling, arguing that the benefits of implementation outweigh potential unintended consequences.

Funding

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Professorship award

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Preventive Medicine

Volume

153

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Preventive Medicine and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106813

Acceptance date

16/09/2021

Publication date

2021-09-22

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0091-7435

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Amanda Daley. Deposit date: 8 October 2021

Article number

106813