Friday, 10 January 2014 15:47
Cutting Trillions of Calories from Food Products Can Have a Significant Impact on the Nation’s Health
The Obesity Society Commends Corporations for “Making Good” on their Pledge
Statement Attributable to:
Steven Smith, MD, The Obesity Society President
The Obesity Society commends the actions of the corporations who, as a whole, have cut trillions of calories from their food products, making good on their promise to cut 1.5 trillion calories by 2015. Industry efforts to cut trillions of calories from the American diet can make a significant difference in our nation's weight and health, helping to reverse the obesity epidemic.
These corporations are taking a big step toward improving the health of the food environment and we look forward to their continued efforts. We hope to see more companies sign onto this initiative, as much more needs to be done to reduce obesity in the U.S. and abroad.
Beyond these initial findings, this effort presents an important opportunity to assess the real-world impact of a bold intervention on food consumption through careful research. While a change in the food supply does not always mean a change in consumption, it has the potential to lead to a few pounds of weight lost on average over time, which can have a positive impact on health.
Obesity continues to affect more than one-third of adults across the United States, and the problem continues to grow in severity. It's clear - initiatives to combat obesity cannot succeed without the engagement of the many industries that have the power to positively impact the health of billions of people.
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About The Obesity Society
The Obesity Society (TOS) is the leading professional society dedicated to better understanding, preventing and treating obesity. Through research, education and advocacy, TOS is committed to improving the lives of those affected by the disease. For more information about the Society visit: www.Obesity.org. For more information about our disclosures visit: http://www.obesity.org/about-us/financial-relationships.htm.
Find a printable pdf version of the press release here.