Obesity and Diet Related Chronic Diseases Essay

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Introduction
The increase in the worldwide obesity and diet related chronic diseases over the previous several decades warrants the need of approaches to combat these disorders. Poor dietary practices, high energy intake, high intake of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol along with low intake of fiber and low physical activity are the major risk factors for these disorders. In order to overcome these problems, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990 requires all packaged foods to bear nutrition labeling and all health claim. This law was intended to provide clearer information to consumers, and enable them to better compare the nutritional merits of products.1 Palestine is not far away from these diseases, since Palestine
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Introduction
The increase in the worldwide obesity and diet related chronic diseases over the previous several decades warrants the need of approaches to combat these disorders. Poor dietary practices, high energy intake, high intake of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol along with low intake of fiber and low physical activity are the major risk factors for these disorders. In order to overcome these problems, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990 requires all packaged foods to bear nutrition labeling and all health claim. This law was intended to provide clearer information to consumers, and enable them to better compare the nutritional merits of products.1 Palestine is not far away from these diseases, since Palestine is experiencing a rapid health transition, with a large and rising burden of chronic diseases which are estimated to account for a large proportion of all deaths.2 Therefore, it’s important to help Palestinian people make better food choices during food purchasing since the appropriate use of food labels will enable consumers to know how much energy, fat, sodium and carbohydrates are in a certain food before eating the product, which makes food labels a strong part of the consumer’s purchasing decision leading to healthy food choices, thus, food labels are important means of facilitating choice of nutrient-dense foods.3,4
Definition
According to the Palestinian ministry of supply, food labels are defined as any words, details, brand

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