What Mail 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, Mail readers have had their say on making healthier food choices.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 11:12 am
Bowl of cereal

Although 56% of 511 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 Mail readers think changing the packaging is the way to go.

Here's what you said:

Mark Topping: “People will only eat what they can afford.”

Lynsey Collins: “People have the right to choose what they want. We’ve got to stop telling each other how to live their lives.”

Jan Conner: “It is true that children want mum to buy a box with a cartoon character on it.”

Bryan Littler: “Be an idea to offer a low sugar alternative if they don't already. Supermarkets know exactly the market they attract and aim there stores accordingly. Hartlepool has issues surrounding health, obesity etc.”