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What new or revised public policy/law would make it easier for people to maintain a healthy weight?

Copper_BoomCopper_Boom Posts: 70Member Member Posts: 70Member Member
Or prevent obesity?

From a maintenance perspective, I wish calorie disclosure would go further. I would like to see mandatory calorie counts for all restaurants and shops selling food items, regardless of number of locations. Not to the extent of sending food to a lab for measurement, but at least calculating calories for all the ingredients and dividing by their serving size.
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  • FireOpalCOFireOpalCO Posts: 629Member, Premium Member Posts: 629Member, Premium Member
    I would love for changes to take place in regards to food and drinks consumed by children. I see children drinking large, frozen drinks from Starbucks, for example. These drinks can be so caloric and easily be 1/3 or more of a child's daily caloric need. And obviously this isn't the only food and drink establishment that serves very high calorie products to kids, just one example.

    I don't know if it's a matter of parents being unaware of calories in general or maybe thinking a frozen beverage is somehow less calories than an ice cream sundae.

    I would love to see some type of literature/poster in places like Starbucks that illustrate caloric needs of children and what happens when they eat too high calories over a period of time. This could include information on diabetes and other illnesses typically caused by being overweight.

    A few times in summer I've seen a "mini" size for the frappucinos. Those should be available year round. It's a small enough size to be a decent treat for a kid (obviously a non-caffeinated one).
  • RowingBillRowingBill Posts: 36Member Member Posts: 36Member Member
    Full disclosure of calories for all edible foods. Aside from that no more soda for NYC. HA HA Joking.
    Seriously, We do have too many laws already.
  • PhirrgusPhirrgus Posts: 1,130Member Member Posts: 1,130Member Member
    RowingBill wrote: »
    Full disclosure of calories for all edible foods. Aside from that no more soda for NYC. HA HA Joking.
    Seriously, We do have too many laws already.
    I was waiting for someone to bring that up :D
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 20,811Member Member Posts: 20,811Member Member
    FireOpalCO wrote: »
    I would love for changes to take place in regards to food and drinks consumed by children. I see children drinking large, frozen drinks from Starbucks, for example. These drinks can be so caloric and easily be 1/3 or more of a child's daily caloric need. And obviously this isn't the only food and drink establishment that serves very high calorie products to kids, just one example.

    I don't know if it's a matter of parents being unaware of calories in general or maybe thinking a frozen beverage is somehow less calories than an ice cream sundae.

    I would love to see some type of literature/poster in places like Starbucks that illustrate caloric needs of children and what happens when they eat too high calories over a period of time. This could include information on diabetes and other illnesses typically caused by being overweight.

    A few times in summer I've seen a "mini" size for the frappucinos. Those should be available year round. It's a small enough size to be a decent treat for a kid (obviously a non-caffeinated one).

    I believe Starbucks is always willing to sell you a smaller size than what is shown on the menus. I don't go often, but when I do I am always getting the very smallest and it's never listed an an option on the menu.
  • njitaliananjitaliana Posts: 780Member, Premium Member Posts: 780Member, Premium Member
    It's easy to know how many calories are in your food if you eat at chain restaurants, since they all have calories listed. Before I go to a restaurant, I check the restaurant meals' calories online at their nutrition website, and enter that into MFP. But, privately owned restaurants probably don't even have the money to hire someone to calculate all their food ingredients, especially when they change the menu frequently or have new specials each day. I stick to mostly chain restaurants for that reason. But, if I do eat at a privately owned restaurant on occasion, I just eat carefully. And I don't stress about it. I have 67 lbs off now, so it's working.

    My bigger concern is insurance companies (specifically Medicare, which is for elderly and disabled people) not paying for obese people to see dietitians. Obesity is now considered a disease, yet they only want to pay for diet pills or surgery. It's disgusting to me that they won't pay for us to lose weight naturally and healthily with the help of a dietitian.
  • lalalacroixlalalacroix Posts: 485Member Member Posts: 485Member Member
    FireOpalCO wrote: »
    I would love for changes to take place in regards to food and drinks consumed by children. I see children drinking large, frozen drinks from Starbucks, for example. These drinks can be so caloric and easily be 1/3 or more of a child's daily caloric need. And obviously this isn't the only food and drink establishment that serves very high calorie products to kids, just one example.

    I don't know if it's a matter of parents being unaware of calories in general or maybe thinking a frozen beverage is somehow less calories than an ice cream sundae.

    I would love to see some type of literature/poster in places like Starbucks that illustrate caloric needs of children and what happens when they eat too high calories over a period of time. This could include information on diabetes and other illnesses typically caused by being overweight.

    A few times in summer I've seen a "mini" size for the frappucinos. Those should be available year round. It's a small enough size to be a decent treat for a kid (obviously a non-caffeinated one).

    My sister used to get her kids one small strawberry cream drink and have them split it into 2 cups. And my 11 year old daughter just gets the smallest size possible during the rare Starbucks visits. But we consider health and calories for our children. I think a lot of parents just somehow aren't aware.
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