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Why Calories Count

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Hour 2:           What should we be eating and how are food manufacturers, diet promoters, federal policies, and corporations exerting influence over what ends up on your plate? We’ll talk this hour with Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. She’s also the co-author of the new book “Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics” (University of California Press, 2012).

  • Corky214

    Listening to this over the past time, I found myself getting frustrated with some of the precepts.

    It is clear that people can choose to eat well.  This is common sense in action.  If a person chooses to eat so much that he or she becomes obese or feeds children so many “goodies” and treats that the child becomes obese, how are government programs and rules actually going to help? 

    Is the assumption that people are so stupid that they do not correlate calories with weight?  That seems unlikely.  Do people (including everyone but babies) not understand fruits and vegetables to be healthier than chocolate and cake?  That also seems unlikely.

    While the government must protect the quality of our food sources (no poison, low insecticides, etc), are you suggesting that the GOVERNMENT now mandate or tax the path to healthy eating?

    If that is the suggestion, it will not work.  There is enough history and data of all types to show that.

    Individuals must be responsible for at least some of their own decisions.  Most healthy people are not too thin or too fat, even overdulge at special events or holidays, and then work to “take off the 5 pounds.”  Taxing more just costs those people; it will not stop the overeaters who each so much that obesity is the result.  It just won’t work.  Accountability does work.  But….it is personal.

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