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Entertainment Eating

29 August, 2017
Practice insulting to those in need
Business Waste encourages ban on all-you-can-eat and food challenges
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Eating contests and all-you-can-eat restaurant deals are out of date, create an excess of food waste, and should be banned, says waste solution specialist Business Waste. This is also a dangerous sport that sometimes ends with fatalities.

The company argues that, in this age of food shortages, food banks, and incredible amounts of food waste, there is no room for the over-consumption of food as entertainment.

In addition to the shortage of food for those living in poverty, Business Waste also draws attention to the obesity epidemic, which puts a huge strain on the National Health System in the UK.

Why this concept is insulting, and not fun

Mark Hall, spokesperson for Business Waste, said: “We’re living in a time of massive disparity and inequality, where so many people are using food banks to survive, that the idea of eating as much as you possibly can just for fun is incredibly insulting and ignorant.”

“While some people don’t have enough to eat,” he continues, “we’re throwing away food on offensive challenges like these, most of which ends up as waste anyway.” Almost 80 per cent of food from these kinds of activities have been found to end up in the bin rather than going where it’s desperately needed.

“More and more children are clinically obese and it’s having a terrible effect on their current and future health. All-you-can-eat challenges and restaurant offers are setting a very bad example to children that eating too much is both normal and fun.”

Poverty has risen to such an extent that homelessness has increased for the sixth year in a row, with over 4,100 people estimated to be homeless in the UK in 2017.

Food bank use has risen for the ninth successive year

There are 2,000 food banks in the UK serving 1.2 million meals to families. Why is it, then, that 1.6 million children in the UK are overweight before they even start school?

Business Waste is not alone: there are signs that the public is also becoming disillusioned with the concept of eating to excess for entertainment.

NHS nurse Lisa, 30, said: “I see so many children who are overweight now, it’s heartbreaking. A lot of the time it’s due to poor education about what’s healthy and what’s not, as well as their parents being too poor to buy fresh food that’s good for them, so they eat a terrible diet and suffer as a result".

The all-you-can-eat restaurant offer is a particular problem now, says the company, with 15 per cent of the food waste in the UK produced by the restaurant sector.

If you can afford all-you-can-eat, you can afford homeless meals

However, Business Waste has a solution that it thinks could be the answer to this problem. The company spokesperson said: “Restaurants are producing over three million tons of waste every year, which is outrageous ... if they insist on doing all-you-can-eat challenges they should be paying for two homeless meals for every unnecessarily huge meal they serve to each customer.”

The restaurant industry has yet to respond, but Business Waste UK encourages the government to look into this wasteful practice as part of its economic and environmental policies.

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Business Waste is a leading expert in recycling and waste disposal for businesses of all kinds. It manages waste and recycling collections for companies in and around major towns at affordable prices.

The company is committed to reducing wasteful landfill, and works to help companies increase their recycling targets. It also campaigns for tighter laws to discourage littering, wasteful behaviour, and to encourage more effective recycling.

Business Waste has successfully called upon authorities in England to follow the examples of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to introduce charges for supermarket shopping bags to reduce the massive waste and environmental damage they cause.

Business Waste is the "waste company that hates waste", and this campaign is on the verge of victory.

Follow Business Waste to see how this fight against food waste is battled out.

By: Adriane Rysz
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