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1 By: Francesca Talamo Rossi PUBH-8165-3 Environmental Health Walden University

2 Francesca Talamo Rossi PhD student at Walden University Will Provide: -A glimpse on Manatee Countys obese population -National overweight population -Health problems associated with overweight & obesity -Apparent Nutritional problems -Fast Foods vs dine in restaurants -Nutritional laws -Barriers to food labeling in Restaurants

3 At the end of this Presentation you will… Learn current national and countys statistics in regards to obesity Current trends in family dining Learn information currently available at restaurants in regards to nutrition Health risks associated with eating in restaurants Past and current legislatures on nutritional guidelines Learn current barriers that restaurant face in fulfilling laws.

4 Manatee Countys Vital Statistics 2007 population 315,108 2007 Median household income $48,940 2007 18% - 20% of youths considered obese or overweight U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 / Bradenton Herald, 2008

5 National Vital Statistics July 2008 population: 307,212,123 64% of Americans are obese or overweight CIA, 2009 / Burton et al, 2006

6 Health Problems & Obesity 300,000 Americans die every year Type II Diabetes Heart Disease High Blood Pressure Asthma Forms of Cancer Burton et al, 2006

7 Nutritional Background Information 1/3 of a persons daily calories comes from restaurants Consumers spend over $400 billion annually dining out. Once nutritional information was disclosed people consumed less unhealthy foods. Majority of consumers underestimate sodium levels, saturated fats, calories, & fat intake. Thomas & Mills, 2006

8 Fast Foods vs Dine-In Restaurants Majority of fast food restaurants make nutritional information available to consumers through brochures or websites. Most dine-in restaurant do not disclose their foods nutritional information & if they do they only do so on their websites. Restaurants do not have to provide nutritional information. Out of the 300 large chain restaurants in U.S. only 54% provide nutritional information. Savage & Johnson, 2006

9 Fast Foods vs. Dine-In Restaurants (Cont.) 86% of restaurants that do make nutritional information available do so through the internet. Contrast between the DGAs nutritional recommendations and restaurant nutrients is prompting for laws that would mandate restaurants to place nutritional information on their foods. Savage & Johnson, 2006

10 Problems dining in Restaurants Nutrients & foods that are often found to be abundant in most restaurants such as trans fats are those foods that have been outlined by the DGA to give the most problems and are said to be consumed in moderation Foods the DGA states should be consumed more such as fruits, vegetables, fiber, and calcium are not highly consumed at restaurants. Savage & Johnson, 2006

11 Nutritional Laws 1996: NLEA 2003: Nutritional Information at Restaurants Act 2003: MEAL bill 2004: S. 2108 bill 2005: HeLP act Thomas & Mills, 2006

12 Barriers to Food Labeling in Restaurants Constant changes in Menu 70% restaurant customers request substitutions Lack of standard recipes Costly Employee Training Savage & Johnson, 2006 / Thomas & Mills, 2006

13 Questions

14 References: Bradenton Herald. (2008, April 8). Tackling the Childhood Bulge. Retrieved April 21, 2009 from Burton, S., Creyer, E.H., Kees, J., et al. (2006). Attacking the Obesity Epidemic: The Potential Health Benefits of Providing Nutrition Information in Restaurants. American Journal of Public Health, 96(9): 1669-1675. Academic Search Premier. CIA. (2009). The World Factbook. Retrieved April 22, 2009 from Savage, L.C., Johnson, R.K., (2006). Labeling in restaurants: will it make a difference? Nutrition Bulletin, 31(4): 332-338. Academic Search Premier. Thomas L. & Mills, J.E., (2006). Consumer knowledge and expectations of restaurant menus and their governing legislation: a qualitative assessment. Journal of Foodservice. 17(1): 6-22. Academic Search Premier U.S. Census Bureau. (2009). Manatee County, Florida. Retrieved April 21, 2009 from

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