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The New York City Board of Health is pushing yet again for major fast-food chains to post calorie information directly on their menu boards. The hope is that the requirement will curb obesity and simultaneously force chains to consider healthier options. You can find more information about this topic by reading the article NYC pushes again to get calories on menus.
What do you think? Would you vote for or against the requirement? Do you think it will force people to eat less? Do you think it will force chains to offer healthier options? Would you personally want to see calories listed on menus?
Great question. I would say yes bc I would want to know for sure how bad something is for me. It would take the fun out of eating out and i question the consistancy of the kitchen staff (being a former server). Overall, it would help Americans in the picture sense of triming down if they knew how many calories they were eating.
I read this as I was calculating a rough estimate of how many calories were in the dinner I just ate.
I never used to be concerned with keeping too close of an eye on my caloric intake; I was always so active that I didn't really need to. That has since changed a little bit since graduating from college--and while I am still active, it's not nearly as much as I used to be. My consciousness regarding calories was heightened as I kept in mind that I don't need to eat like a college athlete anymore.
I don't think putting calorie content on menus will stop Americans from eating out. I don't think there are many things in this world that would stop Americans from eating out. There are many restaurants that offer a healthy side to their menu already. Maybe more people will begin to utilize those options when they see they are consuming day's worth of calories in one meal if they don't. I hope more cities follow NYC's lead.
I used to eat a lot of fast-food when I was younger, but I try not to eat a lot of it now. When I do eat fast-food though I usually accept the fact that I'm not eating anything healthy. Therefore, I don't think seeing the calories for each item would bother me and if it helps the fight against obesity I am all for it. I would also hope that it would force fast-food chains to take a better look at what they are serving and how they can alter the current menu to make it healthier. If we're lucky, they might even create additional options for those that are health conscious. I would vote for it in fast-food chains, but against it if it were to expand to all restaurants.
I do not eat fast food as much as I used to but I agree with Sara - when I do eat fast food I know that I am not choosing a healthy option (basically when I am on a road trip or when I am craving that grease after a late night). I do however, honestly believe that actually seeing the numbers in front me will make me think differently.
When I say that the number of calories in a hamburger will make me think differently what I really mean is that it will make me continue through and go elsewhere - not make me look over the menu further for a different option. I think the fast food markets will continue to resist because they know it will be a HUGE deterent to their customers.
With today's health conscious culture, I think people still continue to make poor choices but when it comes down to it, the reason people are healthy is because they are misinformed. With continued education and more visible nutrition facts on food products, not only will we be a better educated society but a more healthy society in general. I am not a calorie counter by any means but I do think people have the right to be.
Well, that would depend what day of the week you ask me....Am I being healthy that day, or playing "the diet starts tommorrow game"? I think that it would be beneficial, especially in the fast food industry. Our country as a whole is generally deemed "over-weight", so it may be helpful to at least make people aware of what they are putting into their body.
I think the idea is absolutely ridiculous. I don't eat a lot of fast-food, but it should be my choice as to whether or not I see the calorie listings for what I am eating. I believe the majority of fast-food chains offer the calorie information in the restaurant, but you do have to ask for it. In my opinion, it should be a choice and if people want to make poor choices about what they eat that is their choice, but the information is there if you want it. You just have to ask. I understand that the calorie listing of some items on the menu might come as a surprise to many, such as the McDonald's salads, but it is still a healthier choice then the Big Mac. So let's be honest with ourselves here. We don't need to see the calorie listing in order to make a health concious decision about what goes into our bodies. I want to see a change in the obsesity problem in the US just like everybody else, but will this really work for those suffering from obsesity? I see calorie listings changing the minds of the health concious, but that's about it.
Yes, but not only at fast food restaurants. One issue with listing caloric content, or even macronutrient ratios (carbs : fat : protein) is that now people are only trying to fulfill this numerical value established by the USDA and FDA. This allows for caloric intake of nonnutritive food. I believe that the reasons MickeyD's is unhealthy have less to do with the amount of energy per serving, and more to do with the process by which the food is made; conventional agrochemical practices, bovine growth hormone, genetically modified soy lecithin, high fructose corn syrup and other synthetic additives. Calories can be deceptive, in an Enron accounting attempt to improve the apparent wholesome nature of a food product. Vitamin Water and Diet Coke Plus are prime examples of a picture perfect product that are seriously lacking nutritional value. People use it as a "healthy alternative" under misguided pretenses, so yes, education is important, but the real educational issue is that most Americans don't know how to prepare good food. When I say 'good food', I mean highly nutritive food that tastes great. Food that provides more than just a palatal sensation, but a deep satisfaction derived from consuming real sustenance.
Legislating health is impossible, but it would be nice to have nutritional info at all restaurants. I want to own / run a restaurant to sells food by the calorie; $10 per 500 calories or 2 cents per Kilo Cal. haha. live long and prosper!
I would say yes, and not just to fast food...after working in a kitchen I know what goes into dishes that many people would consider healthy if made at home. SO i think it would help pick the right dishes. GO ACTIVE
As if people don't know fast food isn't healthy...they should stop attacking people who sell the food and figure out the bigger problem.....
If you don't want to wait on Legislation.... There is a book out there called "The Stop & Go Fast Food Nutrition Guide" by Steven G Aldana. It covers macronutrients and highlights the foods by green, yellow, red for each restaurant. Be aware... even the green isn't that healthy, just the best choice for that particular restaurant.
will it solve obesity in amercia? no of course not. but if it makes a few people decide to start eating healthier its worth it right. you have to remember that its not made for people like us who can already estimate the calorie count of food and know exactly what its doing to our body. its for the people who see any meal as just a meal rather than the reality that its at least twice as much as they should be eating and of the wrong food. if you want to ignore it then keep ignoring it, if it makes you feel that bad deal with it and eat something else. but in the end its just a step in the right direction, and you don't get anywhere without taking all the steps along the way.
I just read an interesting article, Menu Fight Over Calories Leads Doctor to Reject Post about this issue in The New York Times. This same dispute over the food industry and calories being listed on menus has led the incoming president of the Obesity society, Dr. David B. Allison, to resign.
Dr. Allison acted as a paid consultant and wrote an affidavit explaining how listing calories on menus could have harmful effects on obesity. The stance and the actions he took on behalf of the restaurant industry in their fight to defend themselves against New York City rules that will require many restaurants to post the calories of menu items, goes against what the Obesity society believes in.
After receiving a great deal of criticism, Dr. Allison turned in his resignation.
The article didnt explain how the ruling could have harmful effects on obesity. Any ideas?
It will not help the average (obese) American by adding the nurtritional information to the menu. Most of the fast food chains already have the nutrtional information listed on the internet. As you can see, it is hardly having an impact on our widening waistlines. It is not corporate responsibility to encourage caloric intake restriction.
By the way, as much as I eat french fries - I want trans-fat. They are a treat. I eat french fries so rarely that I want the original flavor. The problem is not trans-fat. The problem is that people make the decision to eat french fries everyday.
An update on this topic--health officials have pushed back the deadline for national chain restaurants to put calorie counts on their menus in New York City outlets. The requirement was supposed to take effect Monday, but a restaurant trade group has challenged it in court.
Health officials say the measure will combat obesity by forcing diners to face the caloric consequences of their orders. But the New York State Restaurant Association says the rule violates the First Amendment by forcing businesses to put what amounts to a message on their menus.