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Fast-food labels with caloric, physical activity equivalents encouraged lower-calorie choices

January 27, 2015

Food menu labels that include caloric content may lead to parents ordering fast-food meals with a lower calorie count, and labels that include physical activity equivalents may be more likely to influence parents’ fast-food decisions, study data indicate.

“Studies report conflicting results in the ability of calorie-labeled menus to reduce caloric consumption in real-world settings,” according to study researchers Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPH, and Ray Antonelli, of the University of North Carolina. “Calorie labels do not appear to significantly reduce the number of calories consumed in a meal, a trend that appears to occur in adolescents as well as adults.”

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