Agricultural Education and Communication Department
BS in Agricultural Science
More than half of the world’s population is overweight. The numbers have tripled in Europe, Middle East, China, and Pacific Islands. Adult Americans are about two-thirds overweight. The numbers will continue to grow if the population does not take the proper action. America has an overweight problem and the purpose of this paper is to educate the population about nutrition facts labels, and help the world make better food choices.
The author studied a brochure created by the FDA on how to read nutrition facts labels and then create their own based on the previous brochure. The author added other vital information, such as, ingredients panel, and the suggested food intake for the separate food groups. Next, the author created a questionnaire to test how well the population used the brochure and if it was effective or not.
The study was conducted outside three different grocery stores in the city of San Luis Obispo, CA. The study showed most of the people were between the ages of 40 and 55 years, more than half of the people were familiar with nutrition facts labels, and if provided with a brochure on how to read a nutrition facts label they would use it when grocery shopping.
With the statistics of this research, the author hopes that it may have an impact on some of the population, and educate the public about healthy living.