"The other immediately attractive things is the mention on the menu of half portions for children, charged at half the full portion price. A Nutrition and Health Foundation and Restaurant Association of Ireland initiative, Kids Size Me, lifts us out of the Bermuda triangle of nuggets, sausages and fish fingers into something much better".
Catherine Cleary, Roadside Food worth stopping for Irish Times Magazine Eat Out review of the Fatted Calf Restaurant, Glasson, Co. Westmeath, 21st January 2012.
is a joint initiative from the Nutrition & Health Foundation (NHF) and the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) on the provision of child size portions of adult meals in restaurants.
The initiative aims to ensure children have access to healthier food options when dining out by making child size portions of adult meals available as an alternative to ordering from the standard children’s menu. Participating restaurants will carry the new
symbol on their menus and over the coming weeks consumers can log on to Wheretoeat.ie
to see a list of participating venues. Participating restaurants will also carry a certificate.
Portion size affects energy intake in children from as young as 5 years of age. The balance between energy in and energy out is just as important for children as for adults and children simply should not be consuming adult portions at meal times. Given Ireland has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world at 10% of children aged 5-12 years (IUNA 2005), it is essential to ensure children have access to healthier food options in the appropriate serving size and that this is actively promoted by restaurants.
The NHF are delighted to partner with the RAI to devise a set of voluntary guidelines that will be circulated to restaurant chefs and owners nationwide to assist them deliver good value, healthier menu options for children.
is only the beginning so both the NHF and RAI are open to consumer comments and feedback.