Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts, Project No. P094513 #00127

Submission Number:
00127
Commenter:
Kendra Fink
State:
Virginia
Initiative Name:
Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts, Project No. P094513

As a registered dietitian for many women who have children, I have seen the struggles that parents come up against when it comes to encouraging healthy eating habits for their children. Amongst the many struggles as a parent, they also have to consistently convince, encourage, and bribe their children into eating vegetables, whole grains, and even fruit. As childhood obesity grows at epic proportions, I cannot help but notice the constant exposure to "junk" food by the internet and television. And I find it difficult to believe that progress made by parents to encourage healthy eating isn't stunted by the overwhelming amount of food marketing. If steps are not taken to change the way that children are exposed to "junk" foods, obesity will become a much larger problem than it is now. Obesity is extremely debilitating, so if we think there is a healthcare crisis currently, we really haven't seen anything yet. With the goal of leading a healthy, productive life, and teaching others how to do the same, I would encourage the Working Group to highly consider the risks associated with an overweight aging society. Thank you for your time, Kendra Fink, RD, LD, CPT