The Keystone Forum on Away-from-Home Foods: Opportunities for Preventing Weight Gain and Obesity

In the spring of 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked The Keystone Center to design, convene, and facilitate a national dialogue on the role of foods consumed away from home (i.e., prepared meals purchased outside the home) in the problem of, and solution to, the obesity crisis. Leaders from government, industry, academia, and civil society met several times to identify feasible strategies for addressing obesity, and to develop specific recommendations for the successful implementation of those strategies. The Forum’s recommendations encompassed needed research, product innovation and meal design, worker training, consumer education and communication, and providing consumers with nutrition information at the point of decision.

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