Are Calorie Counts on Menus Working?

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enacted a law requiring restaurants and grocery stores with 20 or more locations to display calorie counts on standard menu items.

As part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the new requirements were designed to help tackle America’s obesity crisis — an epidemic that has skyrocketed in the past 50 years, with nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults being obese.

And so far, the rules seem to be working.

The new calorie counts on restaurant menus have customers ordering less — especially when it comes to their appetizer and entrée courses, according to a study released last month by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Excerpted from Healthline

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