Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Societal Changes Necessary to Battle Obesity


In light of Dr. David Katz's speech at the recent Planetree Conference and his views that consumers need better tools to be able to determine whether or not a product is "healthy," an article on the Yahoo news site this morning seems particularly timely. It's a story about how the FDA is looking at food labels and cracking down on those that are deliberately misleading about nutritional content.


The article even suggests that products be marked with a single symbol so consumers can tell at a glance how nutritional a product is ... sounds like Dr. Katz's NuVal system.


Click on the link to read the whole article. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091020/hl_nm/us_fda_packaging_claims


Dr. Katz's message is that we need societal changes to battle worldwide obesity. Although a proponent of personal responsibility, he claims that the food industry needs to make it easier for consumers to make good choices, instead of hiding behind colorful packaging and catch phrases.


As a health care system, Fauquier Health is a strong proponent of wellness. Our LIFE fitness center offers nutritional sessions with certified dietician Aren Dodge, as well as fitness memberships. Call 540-316-2640 for more information.

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