Dr. Dan Taber, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health, has written an excellent blog post in response to the soda industry throwing a fit over the Dietary Guidelines Committee’s Scientific Report, which recommends setting an added sugar limit of ten percent of total calories.
- “When any policy proposal hits the news, invariably some industry group will say, “Obesity is complex,” as a justification to oppose the policy. The latest example came after last week’s Scientific Report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).”
- “Focusing entirely on single products or ingredients is not a solution. The difference lies in framing, or how people present the fact that obesity is complex. Health experts say “obesity is complex” to explain why it takes more than one tax or menu label to reduce obesity. Industry groups say “obesity is complex” to justify opposing every tax, menu label, or other policy. Except those they dictate the terms of.”
- “Industry groups have a hypocritical double standard when it comes to basing policy on evidence, and this double standard makes me skeptical when they ask for a seat at the table in policy discussions.
- “I’d be less skeptical of statements like this if food companies showed a willingness to critically examine all evidence – including evidence on self-regulation – rather than issue a carbon copy position statement in response to any health recommendation that threatens their bottom line.”
Well said. FYI: The American Beverage Association (the soda industry’s lobbying arm) is at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ expo every year, “educating” dietitians on how sugar-sweetened beverages are unfairly vilified.