Food makers and Trillion Calories: Companies Cut Back

By Alan Ng - May 18, 2010

It has been reported that several of the world’s biggest food companies have agreed to cut back on calories, by taking as much as 1.5 trillion calories out of their products by 2015.

As reported from Boston, the move is due to an effort to stop the growing problem of childhood obesity, a common issue in the U.S.

According to Michelle Obama, the companies made the announcement to cut back on calories through the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, which consists of several food and beverage trade associations.

The First Lady had this to say on the news: “This is precisely the kind of private sector commitment we need.’’

Food and drink companies will now work hard to achieve a cut back of 1 trillion food calories by the time 2012 lands.

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama urged food companies to be creative when marketing products as healthy, with the main aim to reduce fats by replacing them with sugar.

Let us know your thoughts on this. Do you think food companies will achieve their 1.5 trillion calories goal by 2015?

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  • Did I read this correctly?
    Quote: "Meanwhile, Michelle Obama urged food companies to be creative when marketing products as healthy, with the main aim to reduce fats by replacing them with sugar."

    How is replacing fat with sugar going to do any good? That's exactly what happened in the 90's when the "low fat" craze was at its zenith.

    The bottom line is that if the food isn't natural, and probably found on the periphery of the grocery store, then it's NEVER going to be healthy.

  • lyn curt

    I wish the government would leave us alone! We're the adults here — they are acting like spoiled kids.

  • Katherine

    Did they just say they were going to replace fats with sugars????? You would think people in the food business would know better. That's just going to make the problem worse. They need to reduce fats and sugars replacing them with nutrient and fiber rich foods.

  • jon

    why not! It took our government less than that to put us atrillion in the hole!