In the article “Are Warning Labels on Unhealthy Foods a Good Idea?” is about two experts, Frances Fleming-Milici and Guy Bentley, giving their opinions whether to put warning labels on unhealthy foods or not.
Obesity rates have increased and many experts have a way to stop that. They want to put warning labels on food with high levels of sugar, salt, and fat. Many other countries have done this and many experts think that it is a good idea. Milci who is a food policy expert says that there should be warning labels on unhealthy foods because it can people would stop buying them. Companies’ packaging is chosen well so it can grab people’s attention to buy the product or think that it is healthy by including “all-natural.” At times that product may not be healthy when they claim that it is. The countries that do have warning labels have seen a decrease in the consumption of unhealthy foods. Milci believes that if there are warning labels that it can promote health safety and a decrease of consumption of unhealthy food.
On the other hand, Bentley disagrees. He believes that putting warning labels would not solve the problem. People already know what not to eat from doctors and experts and they don’t need the government telling them what not to eat. He claims that if you need to put a warning label on food that has too many calories then you should do it for every food such as pasta, bacon, steak, etc. Bentley has seen how Chile put warning labels on food and has seen that there has not been a decrease in the obesity rate, that it has been the same. He feels that if there are warning labels that the government would control our choices of food and would limit our freedom.
In my opinion, I don’t think that putting a warning label would help the solution. People know that eating too much soda or candy is bad but they still do it anyway. I think the only way to solve the problem is us, the people, by taking care of ourselves, having diets, or not consume certain foods. If people are obese then it is on them, they made their own choice of consuming unhealthy foods and not taking care of themselves. Do you think that the U.S. should put warning labels on unhealthy foods?