Target: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Applaud initiative to combat obesity with more specific nutrition labels
An initiative to make nutrition labels more consumer friendly has recently been announced by the Canadian government in hopes that it will help combat growing instances of obesity. Labels on packaged goods will soon be required to disclose the amount of added sugars within, and all types of sugars will be grouped together on the ingredients list. Serving sizes will be more realistic, and will be standardized among similar products, while additional vitamins and minerals will be displayed as well.
The government hopes that the labels will make it easier for consumers to make better choices about the foods they eat. Hidden added sugars and unrealistic serving sizes are both serious contributors to weight gain and obesity among Canadians. Approximately 80 percent of packaged foods on the market contain some type of sugar- this is done in order to give the foods an addictive element, according to nutritionists.
Currently, four in every ten adults and one in every ten children are considered clinically obese, a condition that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. A 2010 estimate by Health Canada suggested that over $6 billion is spent annually on care costs for health issues related to obesity, which only increases with the number of overweight persons. New labeling will make it easier for Canadians to cut hidden sugars out of their diets and stick to appropriate serving sizes without going overboard. Your signature will commend the decision, which will not only help millions of Canadians, but ease stress on the health care system, saving taxpayer money.
Dear Mr. Stephen Harper,
The Canadian government recently announced an initiative to improve nutritional information labels by making them clearer for consumers. The new labels will have a more realistic serving size that is standardized between similar foods, and will display all sugars in one group in the ingredients list. The labels will now show all forms of added sugar as well as additional vitamin and mineral information.
The move will make labels more consumer friendly and promote sounder food choices among buyers, helping to ease growing cases of obesity. Obesity-related complications such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke cost the Canadian healthcare system over $6 billion annually, and could climb as the epidemic worsens. I commend efforts to facilitate good eating habits among Canadians, which will improve quality of life for millions and take stress off the healthcare system.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Kiwikat88 via Flickr Creative Commons