How to Contact the FDA About the New Food Labels

Is it time for a food label overhaul? Make your voice heard and let the FDA know how you feel regarding the proposed food label changes.

How to Contact the FDA About the New Food Labels

The comment period is open until June 2, 2014. The agency will review and consider all comments before issuing final rules.
You can enter comments by going to and entering the following docket numbers listed below in the “Key Word” box:
To comment on the Nutrition Facts label: FDA-2012-N-1210

To comment on the changes to the serving sizes: FDA-2004-N-0258
To comment by mail, send written comments to:

Division of Dockets Management

Food and Drug Administration

Room 1061

5630 Fishers Lane

Rockville, MD 20852

Please make sure that the docket number is written at the top of each page of your comment.

What's Really Causing Your Obesity: Nature or Nurture?

It's more complex than too many calories and not enough physical activity.

The American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease in 2013. But in the past 13 years, there's not been much of a shift in the understanding of what causes obesity — not in the general public, in people who contend with the condition or in the practice of medicine. Most people still think of obesity as a character flaw caused by too many calories and not enough physical activity. But it's much more complex than that.

A study analyzing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data found that even though US adults' BMI increased between 1988 and 2006, the amount of calories adults consumed and the energy they expended were unchanged. It also appears that the quality of calories consumed (low versus high glycemic index) is as important a consideration as the total quantity. And genetics only explains about 2.7% variation in people's weight, according to a study in Nature. That all adds up to this: The two most common explanations for obesity — calories in, calories out and family history — cannot, by themselves, explain the current epidemic.

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