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Educating Consumers About The Consequences Of Restaurant Meals Could Curb Obesity

May 9, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Authors of a recent U.S. study suggest that state and local governments could help curb the nation’s obesity epidemic by requiring restaurant menus to provide not only calorie counts but also the amount of exercise necessary to burn off those calories. The researchers examined studies on calorie labeling and regulatory options available to local governments. The studies showed that when presented with calorie counts and other menu information, consumers were half as likely to order a high calorie meal. Researchers also recommended replacing menu items like French fries with alternatives like apple slices.
Sara N. Bleich et al., "Improving Obesity Prevention at the Local Level — Emerging Opportunities", New England Journal of Medicine, May 09, 2013, © Massachusetts Medical Society
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