Is that right? Food manufacturers to cut calories by 2015

The Checkup
Copyright 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010; 8:11 AM

Predictably, the announcement on Monday by a coalition of 16 food manufacturers that they would cut 1.5 trillion calories from their products by 2015 met with some cynicism from those who question the group's motives. Are they really interested in helping fight obesity, or are they just dodging government regulation? And their timing--the pledge came days after Michelle Obama unveiled her blueprint for ending childhood obesity, which spelled out tough changes the food industry should make. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation membership includes more than 80 restaurants, trade organizations, retailers, nonprofit organizations and food and beverage manufacturers, including the 16 who made the calorie-reduction pledge. In its news release the group said the initiative "will give Americans options to reduce their calorie intake, improve their overall nutrition and close the energy gap." And here's the Foundation's mission statement: "Our mission is to try to help reduce obesity -- especially childhood Michelle Obama - Obesity - United States - Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation - Health

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