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Calorie counts on menus do not reduce diners’ energy intake, study finds

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4198 (Published 13 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4198
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    In January 2008, despite protests by the restaurant trade, New York city’s health department demanded that chain restaurants post the calorie counts of their meals on menus, on boards on restaurant walls, and on labels in display cases. The idea was that consumers would look at the calorie count, think twice, and order something lower in calories.

    But a study looking at the effects showed that customers in the fast food restaurants that had introduced the calorie labelling ordered food with the same or higher calorie count as meals chosen by diners in Newark in …

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