The USDA has just come out with a new study documenting declining use of the Nutrition Facts labels, especially among adults too young to have known anything about them when they first came out in the early 1990s. Now that trans fats are zeros, the only thing people look at these days are fiber and sugar. To this one-track mind, this is another reason why calorie labeling is a good idea. Why don’t people look at calories on package labels? I’m guessing because they get confused by the serving size. About five years ago, the FDA proposed a way to make calories more prominent but nothing ever came of it (too much opposition). I still have hopes.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”