The following is a statement from James S. Marks, MD, senior vice president and director of the Health Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, regarding industry’s reported success in removing 1.5 trillion calories from the U.S. marketplace.
“The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) is a great example of industry leaders who have publicly committed to help reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity. As part of that commitment, 16 major food companies that participate in HWCF pledged to reduce the number of calories they sell to the American public.
“Today, HWCF announced it believes it has met its pledge to remove 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace earlier than expected.
“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation agreed to support an independent evaluation of efforts to meet the HWCF pledge. Researchers at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health will complete that evaluation and release their findings later this year.
“We hope the independent evaluation will confirm what the companies stated today–and, further, that these changes will help our children to achieve a healthy weight.”