Exercise Labels on Junk Food

19 Dec

By Alya Alyssa Kattan

How would you feel if your favorite junk foods contained exercise labels?

Health experts are calling for junk food and fizzy drinks to have ‘exercise labels’ on their packaging to inform people how much physical exercise would need to be taken to burn off the sky-high calorie and fat content.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University believe that printing a ‘physical activity equivalent’ on unhealthy drinks and snacks will reduce their popularity if the evidence is staring them in the face.

Researchers discovered that providing exercise information caused a 50 % drop in soft-drink sales by teens!

“People generally underestimate the number of calories in the foods and beverages they consume,” says Dr Sara Bleich from the study.

“Providing easily understandable caloric information-particularly in the form of a physical activity equivalent, such as running – may reduce calorie intake from sugar – sweetened beverages and increase water consumption among adolescents.

I am all for anything that would deter people from consuming junk!

What do you guys think?  Would you drink a can of coke if you knew you’d have to run for 1 hour to burn off the calories?

Article Credit: Huffington Post


4 Responses to “Exercise Labels on Junk Food”

  1. Hadeeth December 19, 2011 at 6:56 PM #

    Great idea, I am for it! Wow didn’t know it would take that much exercise! Def. won’t be drinking it anymore 🙂

  2. Lil Wonderful December 19, 2011 at 10:03 PM #

    I would support this idea!! wheneva i see the caloric rating on cadburrys i honestly admit i hav no idea how high it really is, so i think this would really put things into perspective for my simple little mind (who really understands food labels anyway!!)

    as soon as i read the title i thought of my hubby who tried to put me off eating another bakalawa by sayin i would have to run the length of AD corniche about 5 times to work 1 off (he said this after i’d eating about 5…..it was EID!! LOL)

  3. Mais December 20, 2011 at 10:59 AM #

    I very much agree with the idea.
    Anyway, i’ve stopped eating junk food and i don’t drink any soft-drinks/sodas since i was a teenager…i still love sweets and chocolates, but i try to eat them in moderation

  4. free2bme123 December 20, 2011 at 6:42 PM #

    ABSOLUTELY!!! I would definitely make better choices if I knew how long it would take to burn it off . . . and I think teens would as well 🙂 Love the idea!!!

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