Pamela Cowan, Regina Leader-Post
Backgrounder: Improving nutritional information on food labels to help consumers make healthier choices
Data indicate several problems related to the dietary habits of Canadians; Canadians are over-consuming snacks, fats and foods not belonging to the basic food groups.
As January comes to an end, those who vowed to eat better in 2015 have probably already given up. Not very surprising, considering that most people grossly underestimate the amount of calories they consume, and underestimate their fat, salt and sugar consumption, even after consulting nutrition labels.
Journalist H.L. Mencken wrote that “for every complex problem there is a solution that is clear, simple and wrong.” That observation aptly describes a prevailing attitude toward type 2 diabetes, which characterizes diabetes as a problem that could clearly be fixed if people would simply move more and eat less.
Le journaliste H.L. Mencken a écrit qu’à tout problème complexe il y a une solution simple, mais mauvaise. Cette réflexion décrit bien l’attitude prédominante à l’égard du diabète de type 2, à savoir qu’on pourrait facilement endiguer le problème si les gens se décidaient enfin à bouger davantage et à manger moins.
The Toronto Star