Do you pay any attention to posted calorie counts? If you see a large number of calories or fat do you order something else? The research on the effectiveness of the strategy of making this information available to the public is contradictory.

This study finds that letting people know how many calories are in the meal may help some people eat less caloric meals:

“Ever start to order that 12-piece nugget meal but go for the 8-count instead after seeing the calorie listing on the menu? Downsize the large fry to a medium or small so you don’t get so many calories?
You aren’t alone, a new study suggests. Body Mass Index decreases significantly for some people when laws are enacted that require national chain restaurants to put calorie labels on their menus, researchers found.”

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