Health Advocates Want Exercise Labels To Be Added To Foods

April 10, 2016  |  



A lot of research regarding how unhealthy Americans really are has been published, and people are coming up with solutions to solve the worsening issue.

In an effort to creatively address the issue of weight, the UK’s Royal Society for Public Health has an idea for us on the other side of the pond that could be a helpful aid. The RSPH thinks America should add exercise labels to foods. That means packages would specify how long you would have to hit the gym for a sweaty workout session in order to calorically afford a serving of whatever delectable indulgences you were eyeing in the grocery store.

“The aim is to prompt people to be more mindful of the energy they consume and how these calories relate to activities in their everyday lives, to encourage them to be more physically active,” says Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the RSPH, in the journal BMJ.

While this idea sounds like a winner in theory, it doesn’t necessarily fix the main problem. Bottom line, a lot of it has to do with simply taking the time to exercise. But there are also some who deem portion control more effective than physical activity. Who knows? Nevertheless,  both factors are important. Exercise labeling could definitely be an aid in this ongoing issue that plagues society, but it won’t fix everything.

What do you think?


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