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GMA Statement Regarding HBO “Weight of the Nation” Series

GMA Press Contact

Roger Lowe

office: 202-295-3954

WASHINGTON, DC - The “Weight of the Nation” series sheds additional light on the important issue of obesity.  We look forward to working with HBO and its partners toward the common goal of eliminating obesity in the U.S. and around the world.

Obesity is a serious problem and everyone – industry, government, parents, communities and healthcare providers – must do their part if we are going to meet First Lady Michelle Obama’s goal of solving childhood obesity within a generation. America’s food and beverage companies enthusiastically support Mrs. Obama’s goal and in recent years we have accelerated our efforts to provide consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Since 2002, we have introduced more than 20,000 new product choices with fewer calories, reduced fat, sodium and sugar, and more whole grains. Through the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, we have pledged to remove 1.5 trillion calories from the food supply by 2015. Working through the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), we have voluntarily adopted strict advertising criteria so that 100 percent of CFBAI members’ ads seen on children’s programming now promote healthier diet choices and better-for-you products. And in January 2011, we launched Facts Up Front, a voluntary front-of-pack nutrition labeling system designed to help busy consumers—especially parents—make more informed decisions when they shop. GMA member companies are also committed to providing children with healthier meals in schools, supporting USDA’s recently revised nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.  

America’s food and beverage companies have a culture of continuous improvement and innovation, and we will continue to leverage this capability to empower consumers to live healthy and active lifestyles.

For more information, please visit the following links:

Product reformulation efforts:
www.gmaonline.org/issues-policy/health-nutrition/providing-innovative-and-healthy-choices/product-reformulation/

Calorie reduction pledge:
www.healthyweightcommit.org/news/Reduce_Annual_Calories/

Facts Up Front labeling program:
www.factsupfront.org

Our commitment to responsible marketing:
www.gmaonline.org/issues-policy/health-nutrition/responsible-marketing/

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Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.

Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day.  The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders. 

In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.  The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.