There’s no doubt about it: we need solutions to tackle the ever-growing obesity epidemic in children. It’s been said many times that this generation of kids won’t outlive their parents. While too many calories and too little exercise appear to be the culprits, current nutritional science is showing there’s much more at work here. Today’s kids have been growing up in a toxic food environment.
It’s definitely time to clean up the mess. Smart strategies are needed now. The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) has just initiated a campaign calling for urgent action in the area, some of which, if implemented, could aid in the efforts.
But it’s one of their suggestions that strikes me as being way off base. They want placement of graphic warning labels on pop and other high calorie foods with little to no nutritional value.
I just don’t think that diabetic foot ulcers and fatty livers belong on food packages.
To start solving this problem, though, other health professional associations and advocacy groups need to take action and support some of the other recommendations of the OMA including:
• Increasing taxes on junk food and decreasing tax on healthy foods
• Restricting marketing of fatty and sugary foods to children
• Retail displays of high-sugar, high-fat foods to have information prominently placed advising consumer of the health risks
• Restricting the availability of sugary, low-nutritional value foods in sports and other recreational facilities that are frequented by young people.
• Legislation that would require calorie contents to be listed adjacent to the items on menus and menu boards at chain restaurants and school cafeterias
• An education campaign to help inform Ontarians about the impact of caloric intake on weight and obesity
• Making physical activity/education mandatory throughout high school.
What are your thoughts on these warning labels? Do you want to see action such as legislation to thwart this epidemic or do you see it as a personal matter? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.