Have you seen the Obama's newly mandated "Nutrition Facts" labels for all processed foods sold in America? Well, here's the proposed modifications:
So, really, all this time we could have solved the obesity problem in this country by assisting our weak-sighted population by making the calorie and servings numbers large enough so that you could read them from across the street. Well, I certainly would like to see the "science" behind that "fact". Further, I would especially like to see the science that said that the extra large type had to be of just this size and amount of boldness. Apparently, a text that was half as large just wouldn't cut it.
And, what about all those savings in health expenses? Certainly, $20 to $30 billion does sound like a lot of money. But, it's over 20 years and against a population of 317 million. So, the math says that each of us will save between $63 and less than $100 in health expenses over those 20 years; assuming the population stays the same as today. I just don't know how, in any way, that savings in health costs could even be quantified by merely changing the type size on a nutrition label.
To me, this is just another political stunt, in a political year, by the Obama's to make people think they are really going to cure obesity by forcing food companies to ante-up with billions in new costs. The simple matter is that those people who are concerned enough about their health and food intake are going to read any nutrition label; no matter what the type size is. Enlarging it is not going to deter the true over-eater who uses high calorie food as a source of comfort or enjoyment.
Food labels to get first makeover in 20 years: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/food-labels-to-get-first-makeover-in-20-years-with-new-emphasis-on-calories-sugar/2014/02/26/c8feeb4c-9f08-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html