Restaurants and takeaways will soon have to tell customers how fattening their food is, under government plans to tackle obesity. If the move goes ahead, menus will include information on the number of calories in each plate of food or burger – but the idea isn’t popular with the restaurant trade. A new government strategy could also introduce a ban on displaying chocolate bars close to tills at supermarkets and newsagents. And on top of that, junk food advertising could be banned before 9pm, in order to discourage kids from wanting sugary treats. Documents seen by the Sunday Times say the plans were set to be unveiled last week, but were stalled over concerns that the government would be accused of bringing in ‘nanny state’ legislation. Rules to tackle obesity are being considered after numerous studies found that the problem is putting severe strain on the NHS. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is said to be in favour of the proposals. Michael Gove and business secretary Greg Clark are also said to be supporters of the plans. An insider told the Sunday Times: “There are some people in No 10 who are concerned, but the senior people are on board. “I’m expecting it to be published in June.” Another option being considered by the government is a sugar tax on milk-based drinks, similar to the one introduced on fizzy drinks.