Calorie labelling: change focus to unprocessed foods for hea
As per WHO, Obesity is energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. Authors have already entered an age where this view is seen as reductionist: ignoring the form in which calories come, the effect of genetics and exercise, and the universe of bacteria that make up our gut microbiome. It is well established that our bodies will fight to regain calories lost in a calorie restrictive diet, slowing down our metabolism and conserving energy. Eventually, a new set point is reached and weight loss stops. This makes for an unsustainable lifestyle. When it comes to calories, most are burnt to fuel the physiological processes keeping us alive, not the 5 km run we did the other day. So battling an eating disorder involves conscious choices. Regulations like these may be one small step forward. Why not focus on an even simpler policy: inform people of what exactly is on their plate and offer real, unprocessed food.