Last week, I was traveling (hence my lapse in posting an entry), but it was precisely that trip which inspired today’s log. . .
Believe it or not, I took a few days off to enjoy some sunshine and sport fishing in the Florida Keys. There, I had high hopes of catching Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper and Tarpon, though none found my bait and hook.
On the other hand, the tourists who were visiting the Keys didn’t seem to have any trouble scoping out and devouring fast food, desserts, snacks and whipped, sweetened coffee drinks that proved too tempting to resist.
Seeing this made me shake my head in disbelief, and it was not because delicious tropical fruit, refreshing yogurt smoothies and local fish were equally present but ignored. My reaction was prompted by the ignorance of politicians like California State Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco).
A few weeks ago, Migden introduced a menu labeling bill that would require warning labels to remind us that food contains calories. Indeed, this is true. And do you know that bill passed the State Senate? This is how tax dollars are being spent.
Now, if Senator Migden were standing along side me on Duval Street last week, she would have seen how ineffective her bill would be if implemented; consumers will just turn a blind eye.
As a Registered Dietitian with a private practice, I know the key to weight loss is behavioral. Of course, knowledge is power, but application of that insight is what yields success. Americans are already overwhelmed with nutrition and health information. Access to food facts is unprecedented through websites, toll-free numbers, health care providers and the media. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually on diet books. Yet, Americans’ expanding waistlines seem to be keeping pace with the availability of nutrition information.
We need menu labeling like we need tax breaks for vegetarians. And we don’t need politicians legislating solutions for health and well being. We need exercise, a little motivation and a lot more self-discipline.