Ontario Medical Association accused of demonizing snacks after call for junk food warnings | National Post

A good piece covering the debate over food labelling, initiated by the Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA) recommendation to combat obesity by adopting a similar approach to that used for tobacco products. The label mock-ups make the point. Another variant of the issues raised in Bloomberg’s ‘big gulp’ ban in NYC, and expect further such polarized debates in the future. Quote:

“The recommendations … may appear radical to some, but the urgency of our situation demands aggressive action,” the OMA said in a background article. “The lessons learned from the strategies of the tobacco-control movement should be applied to the fight against obesity.”

But one food industry representative called the warning labels “over the top” and unlikely to be as effective as a campaign promoting a more balanced, healthy diet.

“I think it’s shocking that medical doctors would be comparing food to tobacco,” said Derek Nighbor, a vice president at Food and Consumer Products Canada. “They’re demonizing individual products and certain categories, and they’re ignoring the overall balanced diet message, which I think is seriously irresponsible.”

I would probably rather go with the more informative labelling approach advocated by Mark Bittman (My Dream Food Label), also of course opposed by the food industry.

Ontario Medical Association accused of demonizing snacks after call for junk food warnings | Canada | News | National Post.

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