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How Food Delivery Apps Revolutionise Healthier Eating

Dr. Filippo Bianchi of the Nesta innovation foundation and the Behavioural Insights Team in London conducted the study with colleagues from the University of Oxford.

“Our findings suggest that simple interventions could help people select lower-calorie options on delivery apps without the need to remove less healthy options,” says Dr Bianchi. “This doesn’t mean that we always have to swap pizza for a green salad – even initiatives that make it easy to make small changes to what we eat could help to slowly reduce obesity if delivered at scale.”

Delivery apps like Uber Eats, JustEat, and Deliveroo are used by around 25 million adults in the United Kingdom, a 55% rise since 2015. Takeaways can be a fantastic treat, but they contain far more excess calories than home-cooked meals and are associated with an increased risk of gaining too much weight.

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Previous investigations of major UK restaurant chains discovered that just 9% of dishes contained less than 600 kcals per meal, and over half (47%) of meals contained at least 1,000 kcals or more—equivalent to roughly half of an adult’s daily-recommended energy intake (1 Trusted Source
(Over)eating out at major UK restaurant chains: observational study of energy content of main meals

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). Takeaway and delivery meal consumption have also been associated with higher energy intake and a higher body mass index (BMI) (2).

“Delivery apps could reach millions of people and help us select healthier food options, and yet there is very little research looking at what works to promote healthier and more nutritious options in these settings,” says Dr Bianchi.

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