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For the first time in more than two decades, you could soon be seeing changes to the nutrition labels you find on the shelves.

"We're going to see more emphasis on total calories. We're going to make that much bolder," Millie Smith, a clinical nutrition manager at the Medical Center, said. "There's a renewed interest from the public, and a lot of research has come out recently that really highlights the importance of diet."

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration proposed changes to labels, including a bigger, bolder calorie count, more realistic serving sizes, and the amount of added sugars, whether that's from honey, corn syrup, sucrose or the like.

For example, it will include the total calories of a full 20-ounce bottle of soda, instead of just a third of it.

It will also remove the calories from fat, because the FDA says the type of fat is more important than the amount.

Recent reports show Georgia is the 20th most obese state in the country.

So we asked people of different ages here in Central Georgia how often they look at labels.

18-year-old Tiffany Barragan says she seeks out healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and exercises regularly.

"I look at labels all the time," Barragan said. "I really do. If I'm looking at chips, I'm thinking, 'This is actually a lot of calories, maybe I shouldn't get this.'"

Others aren't so concerned.

"Very seldom do I look at it. I walk in the store, get what I want and go," 46-year-old Steve Mills said.

But he says a calorie count in larger print might change that.

"Now that I can see it more, it's eye-catching, and I'll focus more on that," Mills said.

For people like 63-year-old Lucy Vidal, looking at labels isn't a choice.

It's a necessity.

"I woke up one day and I realized I was drowning in my fat, I was drowning in my obesity. If I didn't do something, I was going to die," Vidal said.

Vidal says after suffering a heart attack ten years ago, she's become more conscious of her choices.

"I don't pick up anything that I don't look at the labels," Vidal said.

So a bigger, more prominent calorie count, and more information on one of those labels may help her reach her goal.

"70 more pounds. I've done the first 70, I have 70 more to go," she said.

It's the kind of lifestyle change sparked by a little label and some motivation.

The FDA says they'll make a final decision after a 90-day public comment period. You can submit a comment here.

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