Top executives from some of the biggest food companies in the UK are to attend an inquiry into rising obesity levels.

Executives from McDonald’s, Cadbury Schweppes, PepsiCo UK and Kellogg’s will face questions from Members of Parliament at the Health Select Committee’s inquiry today [Thursday], reported BBC News Online.

Ahead of the inquiry, McDonald’s said it was committed to improving awareness of a healthy balanced lifestyle.

“We have already submitted written evidence to the Health Select Committee’s inquiry and look forward to discussing how joint working amongst relevant stakeholders can help,” a spokesman for the fastfood company was quoted by the BBC as saying.

Martin Paterson, of the Food and Drink Federation, which represents the food industry, said the industry was already tackling the problem.

“Every single day new products with lower fat, lower sugar and lower salt are coming out and the idea is to provide people with choice.

“But we want to back that up with education and information for consumers so their choice can be an informed one,” Paterson was quoted as saying.