Many leading high street restaurant chains have agreed to a government-brokered “responsibility deal” to give customers more information to allow them to eat well and make meals healthier by reducing salt and removing harmful trans fats.

This article that discussed the expectation of the food industry to take action over labeling of their products provke the following comment:

You can introduce as much education and as many labels as you like but the bottom line is that people just aren’t interested, they know it’s all bad for them and they know that they are overweight but they would rather sit on their big fat lazy behinds watching Jeremy Kyle than do anything about it. Being fit and healthy takes effort and the majority of the population of Britain have had the effort gene removed.

So it was pleasing to learn that the major players are taking the initiative and plan to roll out calorie counts on their menues sooner rather than later.

McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and KFC are among the fast-food outlets that confirmed that they will show calorie counts on their menus.

Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, said that 170 organisations had signed up so far.

Some however are reluctant to follow – brands including Burger King, Pizza Express and Subway, have so far refused to list the calorie content of their meals on menus.

Leading supermarkets including Asda, the Co-Operative, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose have also said that they will work to make their products healthier.