Has posted calories on fast food menus had an impact on childhood obesity

Posted calorie content not really helping

Researchers surveyed the menu selections of 349 children and adolescents. They were eating at fast-food restaurants both before and after they listed the calorie content of their products.

The young people in *this* study came from low-income communities in New York and Newark, New Jersey and ranged in age from one to seventeen.

The restaurants included four of the largest chains: McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, and K-F-C.

The results-- published in the International Journal of Obesity-- are discouraging to those who hope calorie labeling will help stem the tide of childhood obesity.

The authors say the labels had *no* effect on the number of calories in the kids' food choices.

While many of the adolescents noticed the calorie listings, only *nine* per cent said they considered the information when ordering.

The authors note that adolescents in the survey reported their parents had *some* influence on their food selection-- suggesting some guidance from mom and dad *could* help them make healthier choices.

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