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Exercise advice on nutrition labels? Supports, critics debate study findings

Getting fit can be a challenge. A new study says that one way to combat obesity – might be to place exercise advice on nutrition labels.

At least according to one new study out of the United Kingdom.

While this could be a great way to get people moving, some worry it may do more harm than good.

“It’s sort of like paying penance; I had this and now I have to do something to fix that and get rid of that,” said Holly Lowery, communications and education director, Ophelia’s Place.

The study connects the amount of exercise necessary to burn however many calories are inside it. And some think that’s a negative.

“Eating a candy bar and it says you have to work out this long, I think it is gonna be a good thing, but I also think some people are going to look at it and it’s going to make them more upset and depressed because they’re thinking, I have to work this hard?” said Head Personal Trainer at Aspen, Matthew DeFrancisco.

Others suggest that it’s more negative reinforcement – and creating punishment around the idea of unhealthy foods.


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