A small, simple step in dealing with a growing national issue.
People are consuming fewer calories at many New York fast-food restaurants. The mean number of calories purchased per customer decreased at nine of 13 fast-food or coffee chains, according to a study presented today by researchers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The agency was looking to see if there was any meaningful reduction in calorie consumption from New York’s menu-labeling laws that went into effect in March 2008. They presented preliminary data today at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society in Washington, D.C. The study found that the decreases were statistically significant at four of the chains: McDonald’s, KFC, Au Bon Pain and Starbucks. People purchased more at four other chains, but the study’s authors said there was only one chain — Subway — where the increase was statistically significant. – From LA Times
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