Essay on Obesity : The Nutrition Labeling Rule

801 Words Mar 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Obesity in America has become an epidemic. A large portion of Americans are either obese or overweight. The largest contributors to obesity in America, are restaurants. Food in restaurants often caters to people’s taste buds rather than nutritional value. Restaurants serve foods high in calories and in large portion sizes and people are often unaware of how much calories they are ingesting. In order to help with this issue, the FDA proposed menu-labeling rule. The nutrition labeling rule, is a part of the Affordable Care Act’s Title IV “Prevention of Chronic Disease and improving Public Health. It requires restaurants, “part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name" to "disclose in a clear and conspicuous manner" a "nutrition disclosure statement," a "suggested daily calorie intake," and "the number of calories contained in the standard menu item.” (SITE) The last federal government action for nutrition labeling was named the Labeling and Education Act of 1990. This act required nutrition labeling to be clearly readable on packaged foods and this did not include restaurants. There were several adjustments to this act such as adding the amount of added sugar on the labels. Due to the issue of obesity, more had to be done. In 2010 after years of push back the FDA proposed the rule. It will take full effect December, 2016.
The restaurant menu labeling policy brought awareness to consumer calorie intake. Some restaurants added calories to the menu…

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