Is this what your favorite snacks of the future will look like? Obesity experts want to scrap traffic light stickers in favor of calorie-burning equivalents, which tell you to walk for 15 minutes to burn off a bar of chocolate
- Experts want snack labels that show how much exercise you’ll need to burn off
- He could see a chocolate bar slapped with a warning to start running for 20 minutes
- They claim that traffic light stickers are confusing and make it easy to overeat calories
- The results are based on a survey conducted by British experts of more than 2,500 consumers
Experts say junk food labels should tell shoppers how much exercise is needed to prevent cakes, crackers and chips from making them greasy.
He’ll see an item with 200 calories with a warning that it will take a 30 minute walk to burn.
Anti-obesity experts say the information will be much easier to understand than current light labels.
Therefore, it is more likely to discourage people from buying foods that are bad for their waistlines, they think.
Loughborough University researchers tested the concept, known as Calorie Equivalent Physical Activity, or PACE, on 2,668 consumers.
In general, people preferred red, yellow, and green labels that warn if an item is high in salt, sugar, or fat.
Food warning sign of the future? Scientists want to tell consumers how much exercise they’ll need to do to burn calories from their favorite snack
In the UK, this will replace the familiar traffic light system that warns Brits about foods that are higher in fat, sugar and salt.
Obesity should be considered a brain disorder like autism or ADHD, doctors claim
Doctors say obesity should be classified as a disorder of brain development.
This would put it in the same category as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Asperger’s syndrome.
They made the recommendation after a study that indicated obesity is caused in part by changes in the brain during childhood.
Obesity is currently considered a behavioral disease – a pattern of destructive choices that people make that are detrimental to their health.
But Dr Harry Mackay, of Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, said rethinking this could be “the key to stopping the worldwide obesity epidemic”.
A total of 43 percent said the traffic light system was better, compared to 27 percent who chose the PACE system.
However, they admitted that PACE was easier to understand and more attention-grabbing.
Nearly half (49 percent) said PACE captured their focus the most, compared to just 39 percent for the traffic light system.
And 41 percent found PACE to be an easier way to understand calories, compared to just 27 percent for the red, amber and green warnings.
Lead researcher Professor Amanda Daly, an expert in behavioral medicine, said: ‘Food labels help people choose food, and labeling on traffic lights is the British standard.
However, many people do not understand the meaning of calories or grams of fat displayed on food labels.
As a result, she added, “they often underestimate the number of calories when labels are not provided.”
PACE has already been used in some apps like MyFoodDiary and myfitnesspal to turn meals into the exercises required to burn them off.
People questioned in the survey said they would prefer a labeling system if it only puts snacks and fast foods like chocolate and cake instead of staples like pastry, bread or vegetables.
The authors said: ‘Our findings highlight that PACE labeling is a potential policy-based approach to augmenting existing approaches to food labeling.
“The next steps are to test whether PACE labels reduce purchases of high-calorie foods and beverages in various food settings such as restaurants, vending machines, cafes and bars.”
The results of the survey will be presented at the International Obesity Conference in Melbourne from October 18-22.
Being overweight is Britain’s biggest and most continually expanding health problem, with the latest data showing that 64 per cent of adults are overweight, and many of us are expected to gain weight in the future.
Obesity is not only expanding Britain’s waistline, but increasing healthcare costs, with the NHS spending an estimated £6.1 billion treating weight-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers between 2014 and 2015 .
America is facing a larger obesity epidemic with 73.6 percent of adults considered either overweight or obese.
What should a balanced diet look like?
Meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains, according to the NHS.
• Eat at least 5 servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. All fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruits and vegetables count
• Layer meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains
• 30 grams of fiber per day: Like eating all of the following: 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, 2 whole-wheat crackers, 2 thick slices of whole-wheat bread, 1 large baked potato with the skin on
• Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soy drinks) choose options that are lower in fat and lower in sugar
• Eat some beans, legumes, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including two servings of fish each week, one of which should be fatty)
• Choose unsaturated oils and fats and consume in small quantities
• Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily
• Adults should have less than 6g of salt and 20g of saturated fat for women or 30g for men per day
source: NHS Eatwell Guide