Calorie Counts on Restaurant Menus Don't Work
Posted by Bruce Ramsey
A study in New York City finds that after calorie counts have been posted on fast-food menus, people order the same number of calories. About a quarter say they have used the information to order less fattening food, but, in fact, they don't. They order the same number of calories as before.
The study was not done in Seattle, but Seattle has essentially the same mandates as New York. Our 'progressive' city was eager to follow New York's lead on this new method of social control.
Now that it has been shown not to work--that is, not to have changed the way people eat--there will be a push to do more. Already there is a quote in this story to the effect that it is not enough. In a supposedly free country, why is it the government's business to manage our choices among lawfully available foods?
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