The NYC Calorie War Rages On...
First, a judge stymied efforts to get calorie-content published on fast food menus. In response, health officials rallied for another attempt, and now, NYC has revived the vote for calorie-content. Amy Westfeldt of the Associated Press reports:
The city's original effort was struck down by a judge last September. That rule was reworked to make it comply with the court ruling.Again, just like Tuesday’s post about grilled chicken, people have the right to chose, but, they should be given all the facts, especially if their health is at stake—don’t you think?
The new regulation applies to any chain that operates at least 15 separate outlets, including those that don't currently provide any information on calories. Major fast-food chains make up about 10 percent of the city's restaurants.
Several chains, such as McDonald's and Burger King, have the information available, but don't list it on the menu boards that customers read before ordering.
City officials hope the rule would curb obesity by making people aware of the thousands of calories that can be packed into some of the meals. Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said Monday he hoped the chains would also respond by offering healthier options.
"I don't think we're going to see the 2,700-calorie appetizers that we see now," Frieden said.
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