Biggest Loser Tells Restaurants to Shape Up Their Menus - Page 2
“I like the idea of having nutrition info right on the menu. It allows people to see just how unhealthy [even] their favorite dishes are. He says this helps him make more informed decisions.
Give the Kids Healthier, Happier Meals
When we quizzed House on his view of the Happy Meal ban, he doesn’t think “banning” these kids meals is the answer.
“You can’t take everything away from them,” he says. “Families will just go somewhere else.”
He recommends putting more emphasis on raising awareness about health and nutrition, and he credits restaurants with expanding beyond fries to apples and yogurt for sides.
Parents Are the Key to Healthier Kid Choices
Throughout the tenth season of the Biggest Loser series, House said he was doing this for his kids. He says that it’s up to the parents to make the example in what they order at restaurants.
“Being a parent is a 24/7 job,” he says. “Even when you think those little ears and eyes are not listening or watching, they are. By ordering more healthy options at restaurants, and ordering your kids healthier options, you can set examples for them that will lead them towards a healthier lifestyle.”
Restaurants Need to Promote Their Healthy Options
House says that as consumers are becoming more conscious of what they eat, restaurants need to take advantage of this new awareness. They can do this in two ways, he says.
“Designate a certain day each week to serve low-sodium, low-fat and low-calorie meal options and advertise the fact that your restaurant offers healthy options.”