4/9/09

Counting at the Cash Register

Ontario doctors want us to count more than change the next time we line up for fast food.
If they have their way, the big scary calorie count will be next to the hamburgers and fries listed on overhead signs.
The Ontario Medical Association feels that consumers should be armed with the facts when ordering food, forcing them to make better choices when it comes to convenience foods. A similar program is already in place in NYC and 17 chain restaurants in Britain have agreed to institute something similar according to the Globe and Mail.
Although this is all well and good if we want to encourage people to count calories, are we really asking for the right type of nutritional information when we order combo number three? They think that kids need to see the scary facts in order to make better decisions and try to minimize the instances of obesity in our province.
I like the idea, but personally, I am always wondering how my meals stack up in terms of the servings that I am required to eat under Canada's Food Guide.
So what I'm seeing then is the feds give us food groups and a provincial initiative gives us calories.
Which way is it then?
And what exactly is this teaching us? Isn't this like give a man a fish, teach a man to fish sort of conundrum?
Should I just be thankful that they're even interested in my health and well-being?
If you could "have it your way" (Oh, BK how I love thee soooo), what would you want up there in bright lights to avoid that side order of unnecessary artery clog?
Have at 'er.

9 comments:

♥ Dee ♥ said...

Personally, I'm all for it. I'd rather make an informed decision. If I'm stopping in for fast food, I'm either going to choose the healthiest option or I'm going to opt for an all out gorgefest. Either way, I want to know how many calories, etc, I'm consuming so I can track it later like a good little blogger.

I think that the ones who will have an issue with this are going to be the ones who don't WANT to be accountable. That's just my opinion, though. And we all know what those are like...

Sara said...

I know how many points that most fast food things have and it doesn't stop me when I'm dying for a big mac. I think it is a great idea b/c it is better than nothing but I don't know how much it will help?

JavaChick said...

I'm not sure how well fast full translates to servings on the Canada Food Guide. As for calories, I think it would be good information; I think it is a good thing for people to have some concept of how many calories they are eating. In order for it to be meaningful, people really need to know how many calories they should be eating. Probably most people who know that already have at least some idea how many calories are in their fast food.

All that to say...I think it would be more a good thing than bad.

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