Food For Thought

By: WNDU Staff
By: WNDU Staff

Some new tools could help you stick to your New Year’s resolution to shed a few pounds.

The government is going online to teach people how to read nutrition labels.

They're hoping that simple online tools might make a dent in the country's obesity problem.

Health experts, like Dietitian Mary Hardy, say if more people understood what they were eating, they'd likely make better choices.

“Most people need help trying to figure out what pieces of information are most important for them."

The Food and Drug Administration launched two online tools to help people understand food labels.

One site leads users through a series of exercises where they can explore the relationship between serving sizes and calories or figure out how to limit certain nutrients while getting enough of others.

It’s information some people say they need because labels can be confusing.

Hardy thinks a combination of reading labels and exercise with help people lose the weight.

"Learning how to read labels is not going to cure our obesity problem overnight, but it is just one aspect. We need to understand what's in the food we eat, we need to understand about our portion sizes."

Some critics of these efforts want the government to take bolder steps in the fight against obesity, by requiring obesity warnings on soft drinks, and limited junk food advertising aimed at children.

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