Obesity Myths – Menu Labeling Advocate Admits Failure

For years, public health activists have clamored for mandatory calorie labeling in restaurants as a way to fight obesity-despite acknowledging a lack of scientific support for the concept. “For some of the most important public health problems today, society does not have the luxury to await scientific certainty,” menu labeling activists Kelly Brownell and David Ludwig wrote in JAMA last year. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Thomas Frieden (formerly New York City’s top health nanny) previously acknowledged that “we don’t have 100 percent proof that it’s going to work.” And food zealot Marion Nestle weakly proposed, “It’s worth a try,” separately offering this stunning rationale: “I can’t do it [count calories without labeling], and I figure if I can’t do it no one can do it.”

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