What Echo readers said about changing packaging to help people make healthier food choices

As Lidl announces it will be taking cartoon characters off it’s own-brand cereals, Echo readers have had their say on making healthier food choices.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 6:00 am
Bowl of cereal

Although 58% of 1,600 people think companies need to do more to encourage families to make healthier choices while shopping, the majority don’t seem to think a cartoon character on a box makes that much difference.

The supermarket has said by spring it will have removed all cartoon characters from their own-brand cereal boxes in a bid to tackle the country's growing childhood obesity crisis.

But issues like the cost of food that’s ‘bad for you’ being cheaper than healthier options have been raised as reasons behind people’s decisions to buy junk food.

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And a lot of people have argued that it is the adults doing the shopping and they won’t be swayed by a fun-looking cartoon character on the box anyway.

While most say more should be done to encourage healthier eating, it doesn’t sound like Echo readers think changing the characters on the cereal box is the way to go.

Here’s what you said:

Cat Auton: “If you want to eat healthy you eat healthy, if you want to eat junk you eat junk regardless of packaging.”

Davey Warrener: “People should make their own choices.”

Bryony Jade Fucile: “Food that's bad for you is cheaper. Until that changes, it doesn't matter what pictures are on the front.”

Jade Greenall: “One step in the right direction.”