OBESITY, NOT OUR FAULT?

by Giroux on January 26, 2015 - 7:18pm

In the article "McGill Researchers Recommend the 'NuVal' Food Rating System" from CTV News, it says that food labels are too complicated to understand and to evaluate for normal consumers. Therefore, people do not refer to them when they buy their food so they do not do healthy choices. The consequences are that a lot of people are diagnosed with obesity while Canada’s food labels could be change to be simple to read. The NuVal system is proposed and has been proved to work well.

It is true that food choices are an important part to stay healthy, but the most important thing is to stay active and it is not by changing the food labels that people will become healthier. Although changing the food labels could help, people’s lifestyle is the most important thing to change even if it is only to take a ten minutes’ walk every day. Being active is the key.

Abraham, Lois. "McGill Researchers Recommend the 'NuVal' Food Rating System", CTV News. Friday, January 23, 2015. http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/mcgill-researchers-recommend-the-nuval-food...

I trust CTV News’ information because it always have been the channel I watch the news on and as far as I can remember it never gave false information.

Comments

The title "Obesity, Not your Fault?" is eye-catching and appeals to many as a relevant subject to our society. Although the summary gave a `taste` to the subject, it would be even more interesting if a description of "NuVal Food Rating System" were given to give a greater understanding. I am very conscious of what I eat, and try to stay as healthy as I can, but I do agree that sometimes it is difficult to differentiate what is `good` and `bad` to eat. Therefore, the best method I found was to use the application of "MyFitnessPal", which became very popular since it is easy to use!

While your headline is debatably clickbait, I'd rather discuss the content of your news summary.

"Although changing the food labels could help, people’s lifestyle is the most important thing to change even if it is only to take a ten minutes’ walk every day. Being active is the key."

When we are talking about the issue of fitness, the only proven way to lose or maintain weight is to stay below or on par with the Calories in/Calories Out. Factually, exercise isn't needed to maintain a healthy weight. Perhaps it contributes to muscle and bodily health, but it has no relation to weight. One pound of fat is approximately equivalent to 3500 Calories. In fact, a nutrition professor lost 27 pounds purely from staying under his Total Daily Energy Expenditure(TDEE).
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/

Furthermore, there isn't much insight given by the NuVal food system by your summary. I did a bit of digging into the point system used by NuVal but what actually does the NuVal score mean? Cap'n'Crunch cereal might be 4 NuVal points, but does it really matter what the score is when the majority of consumers don't even know how to control their portions?