COMMENTARY

Advances in Obesity Management: 2014

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH

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December 11, 2014

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New Food Labeling Raises Awareness

For the first time in 20 years, the FDA announced in February that it would update Nutrition Facts labels to display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of sugar added.[15] The new food labels are being created to better inform the public about what they are consuming, while encouraging industry to create healthier products.

This fall, the FDA went even further, announcing new rules that require chain restaurants and vending machine operators to post calories for food and drinks on their menus and machines.[16] The rules, which have been in development since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, apply to restaurants that have more than 20 locations nationwide.

The rules will also include labeling requirements for restaurant-style food in grocery stores, big-box stores, coffee shops, ice cream stores, movie theaters, and amusement parks.

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