Behind the Scenes

Fast Food Calorie Count

Considering I recently read a study that said that increased food intake is more to blame for the obesity epidemic than lack of physical activity, I was pleased to see that Massachusetts has put in place some restaurant menu labeling rules that require chain restaurants to post the calorie count of each food item. The rule even applies to drive-through windows, where 65 percent of fast food is purchased.

As we all know, being healthy isn't just about exercising. It's also about eating right. And in today's society, you can't tell people not to eat at restaurants, especially fast-food restaurants that offer the convenience that busy parents sometimes need. So this rule and a similar one in New York (plus laws being considered in at least 12 other states) are one way to give consumers the information they need to make healthier food choices.

What do you think about this new rule? Should it be implemented in other states or are the states going too far?

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