FDA targets obesity with label changes

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Food and Drug Administration proposed a redesign to the “Nutrition Facts” label that’s found on all packaged food, with the goal of reducing the obesity rate.

The new label most likely is years away from being implemented, but nutritionists applauded the proposal for its emphasis on calories per serving, servings per package and added sugar. On the proposed new label, “Calories” appears in a bold font that’s about three times its current size. The “Servings per Container” information is about double its current size.

If the changes are implemented, they should help consumers to recognize food that causes obesity, says Marion Nestle, who is a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. Consumers can see the proposed design at fda.gov.