Charity Diabetes UK is calling on government to commit to introduce mandatory calorie labelling on food, which would see “key high street restaurants, cafes and takeaways” required to show this information on menus.

As part of its Food Upfront campaign, it is also asking for carbohydrate content to be available online, or when you are for it in an outlet.

It follows a poll as part of its Future of Diabetes study, which found that three-quarters of consumers (73%) were in favour of restaurants, cafes and takeaway outlets using the same traffic-light food labelling system as food retailers.

More than 7,000 people with diabetes were surveyed about what would help them manage their diabetes well, and said traffic-light labelling would help them to make healthier decisions.

A separate survey of more than 2,000 UK adults in the wider public, found that nine out of 10 consumer said the traffic-light labelling system helped them to make healthier choices, with only 29% feeling that they have enough information about what is in their food.

The Food Upfront campaign has been launched following the new advice from Public Heath England about the number of calories people should aim to consumer per meal, per day. The new guidance states that adults should aim for 400 calories at breakfast, 600 at lunch and 600 at dinner.

Helen Dickens, our assistant director of campaigns and mobilisation, Diabetes UK, said: “People living with diabetes have told us that they want more information about what’s in the food and drink they buy, and effective food labelling will help make it easier for them to manage their condition well, especially when they’re out and about.

“That’s why we are calling for the government to introduce mandatory traffic-light labelling, and to make it compulsory for restaurants, cafes and takeaways to clearly display the calorie information on their menus. The British public overwhelmingly support this move, so we look to the government today to demonstrate commitment to the health of the nation by implementing these measures.”