I was filing some papers this morning and came across a recent ACNeilsen study that indicated Americans really do know how to manage their weight. Further, almost 82% of consumers surveyed acknowledged they are most responsible for their weight not food manufacturers or fast food restaurants.
This made me wonder if law has become the new medicine. Do influencers (and activists) really think they can regulate the public’s way to better health? It sure seems as if they’re trying.
When the Nutrition Labeling Education Act (NLEA) was established in 1990, it was done so to foster a healthy food environment, provide public guidance and education. Now, so many guidelines and regulations have been established that we’ve lost sight of the real problem: changing or modifying consumer behavior.
With attorneys interpreting science and translating their findings into policy, I tend to wonder if we’re leveraging the laws appropriately to facilitate consumer empowerment of their own well-being. I don’t think so. But we’ve sure done a great job of stirring controversy, making headlines and creating platforms for politicians.
Of course, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue.