It is anticipated this new labeling will cost the restaurant industry $1 billion to implement which, of course, will be passed along to the consumer (a discussion for another Minute).
If our goal is weight loss, is there any evidence that shows providing more nutrition information will be useful? Not really. We have real world experience from locales who were ahead of this curve which reveal calorie information does NOT make a difference. We say we’re influenced by it. We hope it will make a difference. We may change our food orders temporarily. But there is no evidence to indicate we will make substantive, permanent changes in our ordering habits that results in weight loss or improved health.
The Lancet, a well respected British medical journal, published a series of articles devoted to obesity and makes this statement: Despite isolated areas of improvement, no country to date has reversed its obesity epidemic. Depressing isn’t it?
As a long practicing nutrition professional I am very concerned about the incidence and degree of overweight and obesity in this country. Of equal concern is that while making no progress we continue to do more of the same: more information, more labeling, more restrictions, more regulations and more food “sin” taxes. All of which has produced nothing. It’s time to try another approach. What would you do if you were put in charge?
Talk to me and be well,
PS I see the food day celebration just this week includes: Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, Banana Creme Pie Day, National Pound Cake Day, National Cheese Doodle Day and National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day. Weight problem? Who us?