Can you picture 6.4 trillion calories? That’s the number of fewer calories sold by 16 major food companies in the last 5 years. The companies include names like Campbell’s Soup and the Coca-Cola Company. All are part of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and have pledged to remove calories from their products as a public health intervention.
A study published last week found that the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation companies beat their pledged calorie reduction goal by 400% over the last 5 years. This decrease translates to a reduction of 78 calories per person per day in the U.S. Since the obesity epidemic is thought to be a result of just an extra 150 calories a day per person- this news shows we’re heading in the right direction. This study also shows how important the food industry is as a partner in our work to decrease the burden of obesity.