"Food packaging should tell you how long it takes to exercise it off" apparently

    If the warning on your food was about how much exercise is needed to work it off, would you be more likely to pay attention?

    38w ago

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    A lot of us seem to be fighting a loosing battle with calorific intake. Even if you're totally healthy and fit as a fiddle, there is a good chance you scan the packaging on food to see what's in it and, therefor, going to be in you.

    It's not a bad thing, after all, it just means most of us are health conscious. A lot of people just don't find the numbers looking back at them relatable. How much, really, is 30g of fat, or 12g of protein, and what does 350 calories actually look like?

    The recommended daily amount to maintain a healthy weight is 2500kcal for men and 2000kcal for women. Do you understand that and how what you're eating adds up to that? It's really not easy.

    In the UK, we have the traffic lights system on packaging, indicating how much of your recommended daily intake of each important component is in what you're buying. This is a simplified indicator but some people find it a bit confrontational and shaming.

    This doesn't cover everything, either. If you head to your local takeaway, can you imagine what they would say if you asked how many calories or how much sugar was in the curry you're buying? I can't see it being a positive response, never mind accurate, and curries are one of the items that have more of everything than you'd ever imagine.

    Is there a better way

    Do you like exercising? I have love hate relationship with it. I love the effect of it but I really cant be bothered and I think most of us feel the same. So we have a realistic view of the effort needed to really have an impact. Good!

    What if the food we bought didn't baffle us with numbers or shame us with colours and, instead, informed us by telling us how long it would take to exercise the food off?

    Researchers looked into the impact this might have on peoples health and found that, if this were adopted, those involved would cut their calorie intake by around 200 per day. In the face of an obesity crisis, thats a fair amount.

    But how much exercise would be needed for every day items?

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    They say that this more relatable measure gives people an "awareness of the energy cost of food" and would lead people to indulge less.

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    Comments (22)

    • Do you really think people want to have to worry about much they need to exercise after eating a bucket of fries? No.

      I just don’t see this as being useful.

        8 months ago
      • I think some people would. This is the problem though, for everyone it would work for, there is someone else it wouldn't work for - as with everything

          8 months ago
      • I don’t know... I that if you are eating a bucket of fries, you don’t want to think about exercise.

        Just a theory though

          8 months ago
    • Pointless. There are too many resources available that tell you this information.

        8 months ago
    • It would sure tell you how good something was going to taste...

        8 months ago
    • I totally needs this. I only exercise so I can eat chocolate croissants. :)

        8 months ago
    • In a push button, electrical, and petrol powered world, would a persons daily calorific requirements decrease ?

      Mining town employment is mostly pushbutton; a guy pushes the button on a hoist, a ride on mower up, to work on the undersides.

      He uses an 18V powered socket wrench to remove the bolts to the diff housing.

      Another guy is part of a construction crew that is working on the town bypass.

      He is using pushbutton controls on an excavator to move some rocks.

      You can book a flight, fly to a ski resort, hire a car, go skiing, and dine on anything you like.

      But all that skiing involves effort, so why not hire a skidoo ?

      And if the ski-doo has power steering, how many calories are you going to burn through ?

      I'll bet the maintenance workshops for ski-doos have easy glide slide out drawers full of battery powered socket drivers, and right angled , battery powered socket drivers, and powered ski-doo maintenance hoists.

        8 months ago
      • You would require less. The building daily amounts are an average of what’s needed but this will change depending on your energy expenditure. In the most extreme example, if you’re training for a marathon, you’ll eat lots and lots but if you...

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          8 months ago
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