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…show more content…
"The food label gives consumers the power to compare foods quickly and easily so they can judge for themselves which products best fit their dietary needs." 7 Therefore, food labels identify a variety of information about a product. These labels provide the consumer with the needed information and the ability to compare different products to make the best choice possible to obtain healthy food. According to many studies and observations, energy content of foods are among the most read information on food labels by consumers ,or in other words, Calories. Many individuals depend on counting daily calories to monitor their daily caloric intake, to ensure successful weight loss, gain, or simply weight maintenance. However, doubts regarding the accuracy of energy content of packaged foods written on labels or on restaurant menus have been expressed. Objectives 1- Determine the prevalence of reading food labels by consumers in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Nablus by means of administered questionnaire. 2- Determine the prevalence of reading the number of calories on food labels by consumers in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Nablus, their motivations to read them, whether they trust them, and whether they depend on them to determine which products to purchase, by means
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