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Food Manufacturers To Trim A Trillion Calories From American Diet

The White House has signed an agreement with food and beverage industry leaders to cut 1 trillion calories from the American diet by 2012.

Michelle Obama hula-hoops with school children

Photo: The White House

Food blogger Marion Nestle has called the White House's battle against childhood obesity "consistent and relentless."

The Partnership for a Healthier America, chaired by the First Lady Michelle Obama, has signed an agreement with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) to cut 1 trillion calories from the American diet by 2012.

This is the interim step to their ultimate pledge goal: to reduce the nation’s caloric intake by 1.5 trillion by 2015.

Many of the nation’s food and beverage manufacturers are represented at the HWCF, including Kellogg’s, PepsiCo., Sara Lee, and Campbell’s.

Food Politics’ Marion Nestle was privy to a conference call with the White House on the eve of this story’s release. She confirms that some of the industry’s most prominent leaders are backing the initiative.

Read More: First Lady Announces Food and Beverage Manufacturer Agreement with Partnership for a Healthier America to Fight Childhood Obesity (

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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