Many people ignore, miss calorie counts on fast food menus

December 11, 2013

By Kathleen Doheny Posting the calorie content of menu items at restaurants is designed to make diners stop and think, tally up the total, and make wiser choices. In real life, that doesn’t seem to be the case, according to new research. In a poll of 2,000 Philadelphia fast food customers, aged 18 to 64, […]

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Most people use calorie information at fast food restaurants, when they read it

November 27, 2013

According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adults who read calorie information when it is available at fast food and chain restaurants tend to use the information when purchasing food. The authors, including Heidi Blanck, chief of CDC’s Obesity Prevention and Control Branch and member of the National […]

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New report from Healthy Eating Research reviews new evidence on consumer menu labeling

June 18, 2013

More and more chain restaurants and cafeterias are labeling menus to provide consumers with calorie and other information about standard menu items. This trend is driven by the adoption of menu labeling regulations and other policies by states, localities, and institutions as they seek to prevent and reduce obesity. This research review summarizes new information […]

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Study: Too few kids use fast food calorie info

June 3, 2013

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas While some fast food chains are required to provide calorie and other nutritional information to help customers make informed choices, kids who eat fast food at least twice a week are 50 percent less likely to use this information than kids who eat fast food less often, according to a new […]

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A comprehensive menu labeling standard is needed to support healthy choices

April 24, 2013

This article was co-authored by former Secretaries Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman. In an effort to help Americans make more informed food choices, the Affordable Care Act created a national menu labeling standard for food establishments with 20 or more locations. Recently, several types of establishments that serve food — for example, movie theaters […]

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