WHO Asks For Exercise-Related Nutrition Labels
Posted on January 19, 2016 by Donna Jenkins
When it comes to weight loss, one important thing to remember is that it often comes down to simple math. Calories taken in versus calories expended in exercise. Nutrition labels state how many calories are in an item, but what about how much exercise it would take to burn off that item?
The Royal Society for Public Health has published a study indicating that if such information was included on labels, it could prevent people from packing on the pounds. The British health agency found that including such information on labels could help people know just how much activity it will take to burn off what they’re planning on eating.
This may lead to healthier choices, or at the very least, careful consideration at what one chooses to eat.
According to the World Health Organization, the need for such labels exists. More than 2 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, according to reports from the agency.
Shirley Cramer, the chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, believes that including such labels can go above and beyond what traditional nutrition labels are able to do. It will provide relateable information to sonsumers they can identify with in their day to day lives.
The labels would show consumers how long they would have to run, bike, or swim in order to burn off the calories in a selected item. Research shows that among 2,000 people surveyed, 63% supported the introduction of such labels. More than half stated they believed such labels would affect their decision to consume or not consume a product.
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