Up­grad­ing to larger por­tions adds 12,000 calo­ries over the year

West Lothian Courier - - News -

Peo­ple in West Loth­ian and Scot­land are be­ing ‘up­sold’ un­healthy food and drink around 90 times per year as a re­sult of ver­bal pushes in cof­fee shops, fast food out­lets, restau­rants and petrol sta­tions, new re­search has found.

Be­ing per­suaded to up­grade to larger meals and drinks, add high­calo­rie top­pings or sides to their or­der, or take ad­van­tage of spe­cial of­fers on un­healthy food and drink is lead­ing peo­ple in the lo­cal area to con­sume an ex­tra 12,000 calo­ries a year, ac­cord­ing to Slim­ming World and the Royal So­ci­ety for Public Health.

How­ever, while the or­gan­i­sa­tions’ joint re­port re­veals that the av­er­age per­son gains up to 5lbs a year by slip­ping into the ‘ up­selling’ trap, Slim­ming World mem­bers in West Loth­ian are buck­ing the trend.

The West Loth­ian groups, who meet ev­ery week - with the sup­port of a highly trained con­sul­tant are em­pow­ered to say ‘just this thanks’ to the tricks- of- the- trade used by busi­nesses to per­suade peo­ple to in­crease their or­der.

In fact, a na­tional survey of 2,018 Slim­ming World mem­bers found that 89 per cent now feel em­pow­ered to refuse ver­bal pushes since be­com­ing a mem­ber, and 80 per cent say they are now rarely or never suc­cess­fully up­sold to.

Fol­low­ing the re­port, mem­bers of the Thurs­day Bath­gate group also say the sup­port of their slim­ming group has also given them the tips and tech­niques to not only lose weight each week, but also to feel em­pow­ered to make healthy choices when out and about.

Slim­ming World con­sul­tant Stu­art, who runs the Bath­gate Thurs­day Slim­ming World group in the Regal Com­mu­nity Theatre at 5.30pm and 7.30pm and man­ages the team of lo­cal con­sul­tants, said: “This new re­search high­lights a real prob­lem that can re­ally af­fect peo­ple’s weight, health and con­fi­dence – not to men­tion their wal­let!

“Thank­fully my mem­bers say they feel em­pow­ered to say ‘just this thanks’ when they’re up­sold to.

“It re­ally shows how im­por­tant it is to make long-term changes rather than quick fix di­ets to lose weight and keep it off.

“In our Slim­ming World group, we share sup­port and ideas for over­com­ing the com­mon chal­lenges in ev­ery­day life. By work­ing through our prob­lems to­gether, and cel­e­brat­ing our achieve­ments, we build con­fi­dence in our­selves and in each other.

“It’s no sur­prise my mem­bers feel they can com­fort­ably say ‘no’, and there’s no doubt changes like this is why they’re now on their way to lead­ing hap­pier, health­ier lives.”

Slim­ming World and RSPH are call­ing for busi­nesses not to train staff to up­sell un­healthy, high calo­rie food and drink and to pledge to only up­sell healthy food and drink if they do up­sell.

For more in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal Slim­ming World groups go to www. slim­ming­world.co.uk.

It re­ally shows how im­por­tant it is to make long-term changes rather than quick fix di­ets

Award win­ners A se­lec­tion of lo­cal con­sul­tants from the Falkirk and West Loth­ian area are pic­tured ac­cept­ing a Diamond Award for their ser­vice to mem­bers

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