The problem is not just what we eat, but how we eat it. "Anything other than a comprehensive approach is just putting a Band-Aid on a cut. It covers the problems but doesn't fully address them," said Fleming.
The second part of New York City's proposal, which calls for reducing calorie intake, should be a large contributor to overall health, experts said. The proposal also mandates that restaurants provide information on the nutrients and calories in their food.
"The impact has the potential to be enormous on weight control," said Tansman.
She believes that listing the calories will make people more aware of the calories in the food they eat. As a result, they may be able to cut back their portions to a more reasonable and appropriate amount. She also believes that it may encourage restaurants to make more appropriate size meals for their customers.
"It will take away the guessing game," said St-Onge.
But, think the restaurant industry will instead remove nutritional data all together, fearing that more public awareness of calories may hurt sales and have a negative impact on restaurant's bottom line.
Overall though, the experts believe that a plan to limit trans-fats and making people more aware of how many calories they consume is a step in the right direction. There are many factors which contribute to the dietary epidemic in this country, and a cure will only come from a comprehensive picture and public awareness.