Weight loss expert Steve Miller thinks the Eat Out To Help Out scheme will make Brits gorge on junk food and is like ‘telling people to eat their grave’.
Fat Families presenter Steve Miller, from the West Midlands, has slammed the new government scheme, which gives diners a 50 per cent discount on meals and soft drinks at more than half of the UK’s restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Appearing on This Morning today, he claimed that despite a variety of eateries signing up for the scheme, it will allow the public to ‘stuff ourselves senseless’ with fast food such as burgers and chicken.
He argued that government’s anti-obesity strategy means only certain meals at restaurants should be discounted, and that healthy dishes should have been added to menus ahead of the scheme.
Fat Families presenter Steve Miller, from the West Midlands, has slammed the new Eat Out To Help Out scheme which gives diners a 50 per cent discount on meals and soft drinks. Pictured, a Full English breakfast
Appearing on This Morning today, the weight loss guru said the scheme will make Brits gorge on junk food and is like ‘telling people to eat their grave’
‘If we had taken a step back and said “We have launched an anti-obesity strategy, how do we encourage people to start eating well?”
‘We can have some great meals, really motivate the nation to enjoy them. And that would have complimented the nation’s strategy.
‘But we’ve said, “Have your chips and your cake and burgers and enjoy”. It’s like telling people to eat your grave.’
More than 90 chains including McDonald’s, Nando’s, Pizza Express and Costa Coffee are among the 72,000 venues taking part in Eat Out to Help Out
Host Ruth Langsford (pictured) then quizzed Steve on why the scheme is a problem if families are eating healthy food the majority of the week and then go out to eat for a meal
The diet guru went on to criticise the scheme, and felt that the government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme and anti-obesity initiative contradict each other
Diners who eat out on Mondays to Wednesdays in August will have half of their bill covered by the Government, up to £10 per head – with thousands of independent venues including 40 Michelin-starred restaurants also involved.
The diet guru went on to criticise the scheme, and felt that the government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme and anti-obesity initiative contradict each other.
He said: ‘What did we have last week? The government telling us “Let’s ban advertising, let’s stop the promotion of junk food”.
‘But today, we can all go for a great chow down and stuff ourselves senseless for half the money.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured at a Wagamama branch on July 8, after launching the new scheme
A waitress serves breakfast at Maggie’s cafe in London today on the opening day of Eat Out to Help Out scheme
‘I don’t begrudge people having a discount. but what the government could have done is say, “These are three standard very healthy meals, put these on your menus, we will give a 50 per cent discount on these dishes”.
‘But no we’ve said, stuff your faces with chips and burgers and chicken.’
Host Ruth Langsford then quizzed Steve on why the scheme is a problem if families are eating healthy food the majority of the week and then go out to eat for a meal.
‘I’m not so sure Ruth’, said Steve, ‘I think we’ll be filling our faces. I’ve always say be 80/20, unfortunately we know the nation doesn’t do that.
‘This could be a ticket to an early grave. If you get Covid and you are too fat, you are three times more likely to die and seven times more likely to be put on a ventilator.
Steve, pictured on This Morning last year, went on to suggest again ‘re-shaping’ restaurant menus to encourage Brits to eat healthy food
‘We are motivating the nation for a month to eat junk food and put their health in jeopardy.’
He went on to suggest again ‘re-shaping’ restaurant menus to encourage Brits to eat healthy food.
‘Re-shape the menu, he said. ‘How long would it have taken the chancellor to come up with half a dozen healthy dishes?
‘Consult a professional, throw them on the menu and then give everyone a 50 per cent discount, but encouraging everyone to eat junk is double standards.’