TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - On Friday, April 1st the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced proposed rules to
implement menu labelling across the United States.
This includes the requirement of chain restaurants and similar retail
food establishments to provide calorie counts for standard menu items,
including self-service food and food on display. Ontario's doctors
have been calling for legislation requiring calorie contents to be
posted on menus and menu boards at chain restaurants and in school
cafeterias. Recent polling conducted on behalf of the Ontario Medical
Association (OMA) shows that 85 percent of Ontarians want the
government to tackle childhood obesity.
"Doctors know that childhood obesity is a growing epidemic across the
province," said Dr. Mark MacLeod, President of the OMA. "By having
access to nutritional information at fast food restaurants, parents in
the United States will soon be able to make healthier choices for their
children. The same information should be available to Ontario
Approximately 26 percent of children in Ontario are overweight or obese,
and 75 per cent of those children will become obese adults. It is
estimated that the health impacts of being overweight or obese costs
the Ontario health system approximately $2.2 to $2.5 billion per year.
Ontario's doctors have released a policy platform titled "Better care. Healthier patients. A stronger Ontario." Ontario's doctors are urging provincial parties to adopt any of the
following recommendations into their respective platforms for the
upcoming provincial election. Specifically, Ontario's doctors are
Legislation that would require calorie contents be listed adjacent to
the items on menus and menu boards at chain restaurants and school
An education campaign to help inform Ontarians about the impact of
caloric intake on weight and obesity;
The development of a childhood obesity strategy complete with targets
and indicators; and
Making physical activity/education mandatory throughout high school.
"We are raising a generation of children that may not outlive their
parents. This should be enough incentive for political parties, doctors
and other health care professionals to work together and take action to
fight this growing problem." said Dr. MacLeod.
SOURCE Ontario Medical Association
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