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How far would you run for your favourite food?

YOU might rethink that chocolate bar or can of softdrink if a new push to display the amount of exercise needed to work off food and drink on labels is successful.

Cancer Council Queensland have voiced their support for the idea which was first suggested in the British Medical Journal and so has fitness experts Sharny and Julius Kieser.

"I like the idea," Julius said.

"It's similar to cigarette packets showing the damage of smoking.

"People often don't realise how much effort it is to burn something off."

Julius said the labels could be particularly helpful in shining a light on foods that are labelled as healthy but aren't really.

"I think it should be on everything because some healthy foods are actually pretend healthy or healthy junk.

"It'd be a good basis for comparison on foods."

Julius was sceptical though on whether it would actually result in people making healthy choices.

"I think people who see that the chocolate bar they want will take 5km they might choose something else but it'd be if they were going to have a Boost Bar that took 5km they might instead choose a Kit Kat that takes 3km. I don't think they'll say I'll go get a cabbage. That'd be ideal but I don't think that'll happen."

  • One slice of pepperoni pizza - 272 burpees
  • 50g chocolate bar - 27-minute run
  • One M&M - walk the length of a footy field
  • McDonald's cheeseburger - 26-minute run
  • Meat pie - 53-minute run
  • Can of Coke - 20-minute run
  • Glass of white wine - 28-minute swim
  • Pint of beer - 1-hour 4-minute walk

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS IDEA TO DISPLAY THE AMOUNT OF EXERCISE NEEDED TO WORK OFF FOOD AND DRINK ON LABELS?

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What you're saying on Facebook:

Ash Man Nuske: "In the end, our bodies use a lot of calories merely to function just at rest. This paints the picture that you will need to do this amount of exercise to not get fat if you eat the product. It doesn't take into account the daily intake just to function at rest. It will only breed obsession and an unhealthy relationship with food."

Laura-Lee Stutt:" This made me chuckle. No more pizza for me, 27 burpees kill me

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its a good idea though, would work for me!"

Lewis Beckman: "It'd be so impossibly inaccurate, that you may as well tell people to educate themselves about nutrition."

Overtha Hill: "Clever idea but realistically just like cigarettes, it won't alter all peoples consumption behaviours if they aren't willing to make things better."

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Eleah Jude Cregan: "I don't know.... But that Mc Donald's I had today was totally worth it."

Dan Sullivan: "People who have never done a burpee will not equate the effort of a burpee to calories."

Karen Campbell: "Awesome idea!"

Hsat Ttocallev: "Hell yes. Would make me think twice."