Jan 8, 2012 at 13:18:32
“"You may think you are defending your autonomy by opposing a ban on toys in Happy Meals. But while you are resisting the tyranny of public health, you are playing right into the hands of a large and rich corporation that is far more concerned with its profits than the health of your child." EXACTLY. Why are people so much more willing to be dictated by for profit corporations than the recommendations of public health professionals?
“Thanks for the article! I agree completely that a more comprehensive indication of nutritional value (vs. just calories) is more useful, but it still falls into the trap of thinking we're going to prompt behavior change by merely providing information. Public health really needs to do more behavioral econ and marketing thinking - people aren't always rational, so information is not going to change behavior. Food companies get this, but public health folks often don't. And then of course, there's the broader systems level changes we need - not better nutritional value/calorie labeling in restaurants, but actually healthier food in restaurants.