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FDA: Better food labeling could stem obesity
FOX News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Elizabeth Palermo (BusinessNewsDaily)

Posted on 01/26/2013 8:47:05 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Can improved labeling on food products help consumers make healthier choices? A new study by the Food and Drug Administration shows that it can. The FDA is in the process of updating the 20-year-old nutrition facts label that appears on all food and beverage products in the U.S.

The organization’s researchers believe that improved labels may assist consumers in making healthier decisions about the food they buy.

The FDA commissioned the study as part of the action plan for its Obesity Working Group. The researchers' goal was to determine whether modifying the key elements of the nutrition facts label might help consumers better understand the nutrition label , and in turn make more healthful decisions while purchasing and eating food.

“Survey research conducted by the FDA has shown that consumers have come to rely on the food label to determine the nutritional content of the food they eat. In fact, the percentage of consumers who report that they often read a food label the first time they purchase a food rose from 44 percent in 2002 to 54 percent in 2008,” said Amy M. Lando, who co-led the study along with Serena C. Lo, Ph.D., also of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, Md.

To test the effectiveness of different labels, researchers created one new label that used two columns to display the nutritional details for a single serving of a product alongside the details for the entire package. The researchers also created labels that only displayed nutritional information for the entire package, rather than using the method of citing per-serving nutritional information.

“In particular, we were interested in studying products that have two servings per container but that are customarily consumed in a single eating occasion,” said Lando.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fda; foodlabeling; nannystate; obesity

1 posted on 01/26/2013 8:47:11 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 01/26/2013 8:48:06 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Happy New Year!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Better food labeling could stem obesity LOL


3 posted on 01/26/2013 8:50:27 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: philetus

This coming from the same folks that gave us the BS Food Pyramid.


4 posted on 01/26/2013 8:51:27 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

For many of us it’s poison control information. Just tell me about wheat, barley, rye content ~ others need to know about dairy products in there ~ and then there’s the nut nuts ~ they want to know if they’ll end up on the floor choking to death. Soy has recently hit the list as a bad deal, as has peppermint and mint!


5 posted on 01/26/2013 8:51:49 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah right, so someone that has the urge to eat a quart of ice cream is going to read the label and change their mind, or that guy that’s chuggin that beer and eating the sack of Doritos will stop, read the label, and switch to Perrier and a celery stick!


6 posted on 01/26/2013 8:52:15 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Then why bother with that tiring exercise stuff all the time?!


7 posted on 01/26/2013 8:52:31 PM PST by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: philetus

seeing the calories listed on something really affects me..it usually shocks me and I look for something else to eat.


8 posted on 01/26/2013 8:54:21 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Just in from my advance research facility. Fat people eat too much and exercise too little. Pants should come with labels that read, “if you can’t see your junk, you eat too much and you are fat and lazy.”


9 posted on 01/26/2013 8:56:36 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

See my tag line.


10 posted on 01/26/2013 8:57:19 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: philetus
Better food labeling could stem obesity LOL

It's actually true! Just create a superior glue, apply to food label, and place over mouth.


11 posted on 01/26/2013 8:57:30 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: dfwgator

Yep! I would start with Michelle Obama.

Several months ago, when picking my middle school child up from school......the ‘jocks’, who had football practice after school, were making their way down to Subway and DQ. When I asked my kid what was going on......he said that they weren’t getting enough food in school.....thanks to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

When I was in HS.....the footballers, who did weight training during school hours, would purchase TWO trays of food. They NEEDED the caloric intake. Son said that wasn’t allowed, now.


12 posted on 01/26/2013 8:57:31 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: muawiyah

I understand your point, but tell me how the hell did we all survive 10’s,20’s,30’s,40’s,50’s, 60’s, etc. I don’t recall a single kid going into shock and dying when peanut butter was still allowed in school. We would go on day long field trips with our sack lunches in the hot unrefrigerated storage bins of the bus for hours before we ate them and not one kid got sick or died. So I guess what I’m asking is What The Hell Happened To US?


13 posted on 01/26/2013 8:59:05 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So would stop putting some much in your pie hole and moving around a lot more.


14 posted on 01/26/2013 9:01:02 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Heard on the news the other night that FDA decided it would be better to have the values for the entire package on things that contain more than one serving, rather than per serving, so that people wouldn’t be “forced to do any math”.

This means brand new labels for everything - AGAIN. Just asinine. Don’t know about anybody else but I don’t have time nor the desire to stand there and read labels. I do know it’s almost impossible to find an assortment of food that isn’t fat free, sodium free, gluten free. Wish they would just leave it alone and bring back the old U.S. grown, manufactured products.


15 posted on 01/26/2013 9:01:08 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah, label every food with a Fattening Index, some sort of ratio between calories and bulk and/or fiber.

Maybe a private organization could get a rating like that to work (Weight Watchers might be interested) but this should be out, out, OUT of Uncle Sam’s purview. The government tends to muddle nutrition wherever it sticks its dirty little fingers.


16 posted on 01/26/2013 9:06:55 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So would ending EBT cards for anything except raw beans, rice and vegetables.


17 posted on 01/26/2013 9:08:25 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
As always, bureaucrats need to justify their jobs.

That's my problem with politicians. From the lowliest city council member to the presidency, they all "feel" they need to fix the unbroken in the name of their legacy or some righteous ideology.

The only recourse to stopping politicians is term limits at every level.

18 posted on 01/26/2013 9:14:25 PM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever.)
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To: Mastador1
We had several kids die in school in the 50s and 60s ~ Charles Ferguson was my seat buddy on the bus ~ one day he ate something that triggered a fatal bout of asthma. Then the dwarf girl died from some sort of bowel obstruction. Steve Farmer died from anaphalectic shock. Another fellow whose name escapes me had a similar problem with a common medication.

Just because you weren't there or didn't know anybody doesn't mean it didn't happen!

Children were dying all the time from CF. They don't now.

19 posted on 01/26/2013 9:16:20 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Lets start with limiting what can be bought with a EBT card and lowering the amount you give them every month eh?


20 posted on 01/26/2013 9:18:26 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Funny!

The only folks who read them are those who care what they eat.


21 posted on 01/26/2013 9:18:34 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
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To: A Navy Vet

Politicians create jobs for bureaucrats ~ then they hire people to do those jobs. There’s actually little a bureaucrat can do about the politician. Voters can do something about the politicians.


22 posted on 01/26/2013 9:19:20 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Well how lucky was I! Sorry you seemed to live in such a terrible place! Out here in the wilds of California we often compare our youth experiences whenever THE VILLAGE imposes it’s better way upon us and we just can’t seem to come with any sad tales that compare to your childhood. Now here is where I get ruthless. Just cause it happened around you, doesn’t mean it’s widespread, maybe it’s just you! Live long, laugh often and don’t be so serious!


23 posted on 01/26/2013 9:24:05 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: ConservativeInPA
Pants should come with labels that read, “if you can’t see your junk, you eat too much and you are fat and lazy. /p That is also know as DickieDo Disease, real easy to diagnose. If your belly sticks out further than Dickie Does, you need to lose weight.
24 posted on 01/26/2013 9:33:42 PM PST by SledgeCS (Democrat/Liberal/Progressive/Socialist = Gun Control Nazi)
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To: SledgeCS

Or Ho ‘de ‘do disease when you are running for the elevator and discover you can’t run. (granted, that is an east coast, major city disease)


25 posted on 01/26/2013 9:42:37 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I buy and eat what I want and never look at a label.


26 posted on 01/26/2013 10:01:17 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The ‘Rats following their playbook:

Gun control for the law abiding, none for the outlaws.

Food labeling for the fit, none for the fat.

Fit and law abiding, you lose liberty.

Fat outlaws continue their merry ways....


27 posted on 01/26/2013 10:08:53 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Grams A
Heard on the news the other night that FDA decided it would be better to have the values for the entire package on things that contain more than one serving, rather than per serving, so that people wouldn’t be “forced to do any math”.

Hey, stupid FDA! I thought it WAS per serving numbers that kept people from having to do math! Morons.

28 posted on 01/26/2013 10:09:51 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I am pretty sure people that buy “Liver Cheese” don’t care how many calories it has ...


29 posted on 01/26/2013 10:27:06 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

yes this will make obese and overweight people stop going to mcdonalds, or if not that, just ordering salads.

i think fda has to stand for f***ing dumb asses.


30 posted on 01/26/2013 10:40:47 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Here’s a hint:

Insufficient food label information IS NOT THE CAUSE OF OBESITY!!!

“Warning! If you eat the this entire 2 lb. package of cookies at a single sitting, it may lead to obesity.”


31 posted on 01/26/2013 10:50:57 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Madison Avenue is laughing its collective ass off.


32 posted on 01/27/2013 12:10:25 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Mastador1
Ahhh yes .. Doritos ...

Disodium Guanalate ...

double salted bat shit.

33 posted on 01/27/2013 12:12:45 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: muawiyah
"Politicians create jobs for bureaucrats ~ then they hire people to do those jobs. There’s actually little a bureaucrat can do about the politician. Voters can do something about the politicians."

Interestingly, some courts are now coming down on the over-reach of bureaucracies (FDA and EPA of late). Not sure how far up those decisions will hold, but it is encouraging.

34 posted on 01/27/2013 12:19:48 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Consumer scam....I went for the oatmeal with maple and brown sugar....Found out my old favorite, mini wheats and 2% milk was even healthier. I was conned!!

We're becoming suckers in the marketplace.

All that new, healthy snack crap.....just give up snacks...get off your butt and take a walk.

Take a multiple vitamin everyday.

35 posted on 01/27/2013 4:06:09 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: muawiyah

Although I have been told that soy is good for women going through the change.


36 posted on 01/27/2013 4:09:11 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yep - labels solve everything....just ask a smoker how much attention he pays to the warning on the side of every pack.


37 posted on 01/27/2013 5:34:49 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Biggirl

Then some women develop an allergy to soy and soy byproducts.......... and it’s not good for them anymore.


38 posted on 01/27/2013 6:29:12 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

First, a lot of the obese people can’t read. Second, they don’t give a damn.

Then, if this is such a great idea, why don’t we label guns better to stop mass shootings and call it a day.

“Caution. This gun can be dangerous. Do not scratch your head with the barrel of this gun while your finger is on the trigger. Be careful to point this gun away from yourself while operating. Do not use this gun while unconscious. Do not stand on this gun while operating. Do not use this gun underwater. Do not use this gun to pound in fence posts, to mix concrete, as a cue stick, as a hockey stick, or to hit fly balls. Do not imitate Elmer Fudd while using this gun. Do not plug the barrel of this gun with epoxy. Do not point this gun into the sky while standing on the top of a hill during a lightning storm. Do not shoot this gun into snow covered cars. DO NOT use this gun on innocent children in schools.”

There. Got it mostly covered.


39 posted on 01/27/2013 7:11:32 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Attention EPA, notify the NEA that people need to learn how to read in order to make your proposal possible.

That said, the peeps wouldn’t care even if they could read.


40 posted on 01/27/2013 7:14:29 AM PST by dforest
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

stronger packaging of junk food to prevent opening will also curb Obesity.


41 posted on 01/27/2013 7:17:46 AM PST by bikerman (Gun control does nothing to stop gun violence. But then, Washington specializes in the art of doing)
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To: A Navy Vet
I am with you.....TERM LIMITS!!!! No matter who...
42 posted on 01/27/2013 7:55:14 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: All

If the imbeciles don’t eat what the government says they should, they should just restrict their ability to purchase more than the allowed daily caloric intake.


43 posted on 01/27/2013 7:58:16 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

You forgot one....”Do NOT let this gun up and shoot someone on its own”


44 posted on 01/27/2013 8:01:44 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: muawiyah

Not surprised. Allergies come as one ages, because immune system is breaking down ever so slowly.


45 posted on 01/27/2013 8:02:56 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Sacajaweau
All that new, healthy snack crap

Yeah, some of those "granolas" are just sugary, greasy candy. They give me heartburn.

46 posted on 01/27/2013 11:30:39 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

You forgot: “Keep finger off trigger while using gun as a sex toy.”


47 posted on 01/27/2013 1:16:07 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Happy New Year!)
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To: Sacajaweau
Your mini-wheats and 2% milk was probably just as lousy as the oatmeal.

Wheat Belly

48 posted on 01/27/2013 1:20:05 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Happy New Year!)
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To: Biggirl

“Allergies come as one ages, because immune system is breaking down ever so slowly.”

==

You might want to add the word “sometimes” on your statement regarding allergies and aging.

I’ve never heard of allergies developing among my peers,and we’re all old.

Other problems,yes,but not allergies.

.


49 posted on 01/27/2013 5:00:34 PM PST by Mears
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Do kids even do PE in schools anymore?

I remember as a kid doing push ups and sit ups, etc. every day and that was before we played basketball, wrestled, ran track, flag football, etc.


50 posted on 01/27/2013 5:06:56 PM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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