‘Four hours to walk off pizza calories’ warning works, experts say 專家提議食品包裝需註明運動量:「走四小時消耗掉一個比薩的熱量」

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英國研究人員們稱,食品包裝上應標明一個人需要進行多少運動才能燃燒掉食品中所含的卡路里。多項探索性研究表明,這類食品標籤可以幫助人們節制飲食。

More than two thirds of UK adults are now obese or overweight and experts say we urgently need new ways to get people eating healthily.

超過三分之二的英國成年人現肥胖或超重,專家們表示,我們急需鼓勵健康飲食的新方法。

Foods that are high in fat and sugar already carry warnings, but based on the results of fourteen studies, researchers say telling people how much exercise they would need to do to burn off the calories they consume could be a simpler and more effective way to get the message across. They say people would be less tempted if they realise it takes four hours to walk off a pizza and 22 minutes to run off a chocolate bar.

脂肪及含糖量高的食物包裝上都注有提醒的文字,但基於14項研究的結果,研究者們表示,告訴人們需要做多少運動才能燃燒掉所攝入的卡路里可能是一個更簡單、更有效地傳達信息方式。他們說,如果人們意識到要走四個小時才能燃燒掉一個比薩的熱量,要跑22分鐘才能燃燒掉一個巧克力棒的熱量,他們就不會那麼想吃這些食物了。

The team from Loughborough and Birmingham predict displaying this information on food packaging could cut around 200 calories from a person’s daily average intake, which they say would be enough to bring down obesity levels in the UK.

來自拉夫堡和伯明翰的研究團隊預測,將這一信息顯示在食品包裝上,可減少人均每天200卡路里的攝入量,他們說這足以降低英國的肥胖水平。

詞彙

obese 肥胖的
overweight 超重
warnings 提醒
burn off 通過運動燃燒熱量
effective 有效的
tempted 想要做(某事)
intake 攝入量

閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題。

1. Why do experts say we urgently need to get people eating healthily?

2. How long does it take to burn off the calories from eating a pizza?

3. True or false? Experts claim that we would consume on average 200 fewer calories if the sugar content of food was displayed on the packaging.

4. What do researchers hope to achieve by displaying the amount of exercise needed to burn off calories?

答案

1. Why do experts say we urgently need to get people eating healthily?
More than two thirds of UK adults are now obese or overweight and experts say we urgently need new ways to get people eating healthily.

2. How long does it take to burn off the calories from eating a pizza?
Researchers say it takes four hours to walk off a pizza.

3. True or false? Experts claim that we would consume on average 200 fewer calories if the sugar content of food was displayed on the packaging.
False. The team from Loughborough and Birmingham predict displaying information on food packaging about the exercise needed to burn off calories could cut around 200 calories from a person’s daily average intake.

4. What do researchers hope to achieve by displaying the amount of exercise needed to burn off calories?
They say displaying information about exercise will reduce people’s calorie intake and that would be enough to bring down obesity levels in the UK.