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Nutrition labels set for major overhaul

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People who read food labels will soon notice some big changes. (Source: KATU/CNN) People who read food labels will soon notice some big changes. (Source: KATU/CNN)
The FDA is proposing the first major overhaul to nutrition labels in 20 years. (Source: KATU/CNN) The FDA is proposing the first major overhaul to nutrition labels in 20 years. (Source: KATU/CNN)
Nutritionists say the new labels will help consumers make better food choices. (Source: KATU/CNN) Nutritionists say the new labels will help consumers make better food choices. (Source: KATU/CNN)

(KATU/CNN) - The FDA is proposing the first major overhaul to nutrition labels since the government began requiring them more than 20 years ago. The announcement is expected to happen Thursday at the White House, where it will unveil its newest push to promote healthy eating.

"Folks are really starting to think about what they eat and how active they are, so they're scrutinizing labels," First Lady Michelle Obama said. "They're asking questions. They're changing what they feed their families."

Under the FDA's new rules, food labels will have to spell out more clearly how serving sizes are measured, taking into account how we really eat foods like potato chips and candy bars.

Serving sizes for soda, for instance, will go from eight ounces to 12 ounces. And serving sizes for yogurt will go from eight down to six ounces.

Companies will also have to include how much "added sugar" is in the product and display information like calorie content more prominently.

Nutritionist Joy Dubost, with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says the new rules will help people make better choices.

"Consumers will understand how many calories they are consuming at one time, and throughout the day, but it's also going to update on current dietary recommendations around fat, sugar and other nutrients," Dubost said.

Today's announcement comes as Ms. Obama marks the fourth anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity.

Earlier this week, she announced proposed rules to stop marketing junk food in schools.

That proposal came as a new study using federal data showed obesity in young children, ages two to five, has dropped more than 40 percent in a decade.

Still, this latest proposal could prompt a backlash from food makers worried about the cost of changing all of those labels.

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