BBC addresses backlash over The Restaurant That Burns Calories

The divisive new show – fronted by First Dates star Fred Sirieix and This Morning medic Dr Zoe Williams – saw 20 diners presented with a menu, where each item was accompanied by the amount of exercise that would be required to burn it off. Among these critics was mental health campaigner Hope Virgo, who wrote in an article published on HuffPost UK: “What were the producers thinking suggesting that we need to earn our food (and then burn it off!)? “In particular, it looked at recent studies by academics in both the US and the UK, which suggest that diners may make healthier choices when presented with information about how much activity is required to burn off the calorie content of dishes.