How many calories in that fast food meal?

Fast food outlets will have to display the amount of kilojoules in their food.
Fast food outlets will have to display the amount of kilojoules in their food.

A HEALTHY push is on for certain fast food, snack food and drink, bakery and cafe chains and supermarkets to display kilojoule content of foods.

The legislation introduced to Queensland Parliament on Thursday would apply to businesses with 20 outlets statewide or 50 nationally.

Heart Foundation health director Rachelle Foreman said legislating mandatory kilojoule labelling was a positive initiative that would give Queenslanders more information about what they are eating and drinking.

"Queenslanders are eating out more often but most wouldn't know that a basic combo meal at a fast food outlet contains more than half of their daily kilojoule requirements," Ms Foreman said.

Australian Medical Association Queensland president Dr Chris Zappala said AMAQ welcomed measures that empowered Queenslanders to make better dietary choices and supported the association's key priority to tackle the state's obesity epidemic.

"This is a small but positive step towards resolving a much broader issue," he said.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said the ideal average intake for Australian adults was 8700 kilojoules.

"Last year, 30% of Queensland adults consumed takeaway food at least once a week, with this increasing to 48% of adults aged 18-24 years," Mr Dick said.

The Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 would require kilojoules to be displayed on in-store menus and labels, drive-through menus, online ordering sites, mobile applications and printed menus distributed to households.

Food businesses would have 12 months to comply with the scheme if the bill passes. - APN NEWSDESK



Big Mac 2060kj

Grand Angus 2500kj

McFeast 2030kj

Mighty Angus 2790kj

Double Quarter Pounder 3570 kj

Chicken snack wrap 939kj

Chicken and aioli wrap 2230kj

Large fries 1900 kj

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