Gibbs, Health Commissioner Thomas A. A leading contributor to the obesity epidemic that is killing more than 5, New Yorkers each year, sugary drinks play a unique role in the obesity crisis. Nine of the top 10 neighborhoods with the highest obesity rates city-wide were also the highest in sugary drink consumption.
Several trade partners are currently considering such labels to address rising rates of obesity in their countries.
April 6, Dear Ambassador Lighthizer: We write to express our concern and strongly urge you to exclude this provision from NAFTA renegotiations. On March 21,you testified at a House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee hearing and confirmed that such a provision is being advanced.
Consumers increasingly demand the right to know what is in their food. Studies have shown that consumers find transparency in food products important and frequently base their food purchases off transparent content.
Unfortunately, consumers also report being confused by conflicting information about what to eat and what to avoid. Empowering consumers with clear, easy-to-understand information can help them make more informed dietary decisions.
After all, when consumers make choices about food, they are making choices about their health. As a result, transparency in food products is even more critical now as we try to curb rising obesity rates.
It is equally alarming that obesity rates are not projected to slow down in the coming years. The World Health Organization reported that the prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between and Significant medical costs can accumulate when obesity leads to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, or cancer.
Obesity also jeopardizes recruitment for military service, decreases work productivity, and can lead to premature death. Consequently, it is inappropriate to use NAFTA to limit transparency in food products or stifle efforts to address the obesity epidemic.
Combating obesity will likely require innovative policy tools, and we should not prevent our NAFTA counterparts from exploring all solutions.
Food labeling requirements, in particular, can lead to the availability of healthier options, because they often prompt manufacturers to change or reduce certain ingredients to improve the nutrition of food products. Additionally, we respectfully request that you provide us with a summary of all provisions related to food labeling that the USTR is advancing in NAFTA renegotiations, as well as information about any provisions on the same topic that our NAFTA counterparts have put forth.
We look forward to your response.Proposal to eliminate Obesity The fight against obesity is an ongoing battle; peoples all over the world are struggling to lose weight.
Obesity is one of the most leading causes of death worldwide; this disease causes life threatening health conditions, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea, strokes and cancer.
Mike Moynihan and Joy Reid discuss Michelle Obama’s proposal to ban marketing junk food and sodas in schools and the latest activities of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. The other crisis was an unprecedented obesity epidemic that has never reversed course.
Gortmaker modeled a national intervention that would eliminate this subsidy of TV ads for nutritionally empty foods and beverages aimed at 2- to year-olds. “We made a straightforward proposal to tax all processed foods and then use the income to.
Increasing physical activity and improving nutrition are keys to obesity prevention and control. But changing individual behavior is difficult. A comprehensive, coordinated strategy is needed.
Background As issues of health care cost escalation and parity of payment between primary care and other physicians have become more important, one proposal has been to eliminate consultation codes. Little is known about the current payment accuracy or financial impact of such a change.
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Park Center Drive, Room Alexandria, Virginia – Docket ID: FNS activity policy in schools and communities in order to prevent obesity and its associated We strongly support USDA’s proposal to eliminate diet and low calorie beverages in elementary and middle schools.