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If Serving Size is Increased, Will Waist Size Decrease?

February 11, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration is considering increasing serving size on nutrition labels to match what people are actually consuming as a serving.  This in turn will increase the calorie amount and determine all the other nutritional values.  The hope is that people will think twice before going back for seconds when it may actually be fourths!

Barbara O. Schneeman, director of the F.D.A. office that oversees nutrition labels, said in a New York Times report, “We are actively looking at serving size and evaluating what steps we need to take.  Ultimately, the purpose of nutrition labeling is to help consumers make healthier choices, make improvements in their diet, and we want to make sure we achieve that goal.”

One concern is that by increasing serving size, consumers will think the government is saying it’s ok to eat even more.  Consumers need to be educated.  When shopping for food, read the labels closely.  Consider that packaged processed foods tend to be high in fat and calories.  The best foods are ones without nutrition labels.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are much more nutritionally dense than most processed foods, yet they have no fancy packaging to proclaim their immense health benefits.  When shopping, it is important to shop the perimeter of the grocery store where you’ll find more whole and nutritious foods.

Do you think the FDA’s plan to increase serving size will work to curb the obesity problem among Americans?