New Labels

Researchers at Johns Hopkins’s Bloomberg School of Public are recommending that junk food and sodas be packaged with “exercise labels” to let consumers know exactly how much exercise is required to burn off the calorie and fat content within the products.   In a study published in the American Journal of Public Health they found for teenagers the most powerful influence was the calorie conversion to exercise minutes.  For  example, a can of soda takes fifty minutes of jogging on a treadmill to burn off.   The truth is that patients underestimate EVERYTHING when it comes to personal behavior and how it relates to health.  We think we eat better than we do.  We think we are not as fat as we really are.   We think are more active than we really are.  This new plan would teach them that exercise really cannot make up for poor nutrition habits.   Personally, I am all for it.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “New Labels

  1. December 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Changing labels is always interesting, but in this case, I’m not sure you could make them accurate… Don’t people of varying size, muscle mass, etc burn calories at different rates? Whatever number they decide to put on this calorie-conversion label would be inaccurate for many people.

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