Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts, Project No. P094513
The Proposed Nutritional Principles are a good start, acknowledging that where we stand now as a nation is unacceptable. I have been a registered nurse for thirty-five years and taught nutrition in nursing school. I have watched the deterioration of the nutritional status of our citizens over the last few decades, and I relate it to the beginning of TV dinners and fast food restaurants, cheap but poor quality food being offered. When I was a child, we ate at home with lots of fruits and vegetables being served, many of which were grown in local gardens and orchards. I believe that there should be no direct marketing of food to children. They are not knowledgeable enough to discern between healthy and non-healthy foods. They are vulnerable to hype, and the Big Food providers take advantage of this. Parents need to be educated as well. The aisles of the grocery store are filled with perilously unhealthy foods. I think learning how to shop for healthy food should be a mandatory class in high school. It would be helpful if the nutrition Working Group would add to its membership several lay persons who are parents in order for the current members to stay grounded in the issues parents face. And the Working Group needs to become a permanent organization, facilitating reprimands to the Big Food providers who violate your agreement and fostering nutritional education throughout the United States.