Posts Tagged ‘fast food’

Calorie Information on Fast Food Menus Decreases Calories Consumed

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

A study release by New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows evidence that posting calorie information on fast food restaurant menus actually does change consumer behavior.

Girl Eating Fast Food
Girl Eating Fast Food

In July 2008, New York became the first US city to require fast food restaurants to post calorie counts in on menus, a practice that has become a stepping stone for similar rules in California, Seattle, Portland, and other cities in New York.

The decision to require nutrition information on menus is a result of an effort to combat obesity and promote good nutrition, especially for children.

Menu labeling continues to be viewed as a tool for fighting obesity. Currently, about 33% of adults in the US are obese, and another 33% are overweight. Obesity is a condition that increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other medical problems. Being overweight often leads to obesity later in life.

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Calorie Count Rule Begins for Massachusetts Chain Restaurants in 2010

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Fast Food
Fast Food

By November 1, 2010 every restaurant chain in MA with at least 20 locations will be required to post calorie information for all foods on their menu. This includes such franchises as Domino’s, McDonalds, Burger King, and Dunkin Donuts; and will affect nearly 5300 restaurants throughout the state.

But what about the kids? Shouldn’t we be focusing more on educating our kids and protecting them from garbage food? I think this is more important than posting calorie information on fast food restaurant menus, but at least we are taking some steps in the right direction.

Here’s the article from Boston.com: Calorie-count rule begins next year

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