Study: Calorie Labeling Doesn't Change Kids' And Parents' Fast-Food Orders

Calorie labeling in fast-food restaurants has no effect on the food purchases of parents or teens in low-income neighborhoods, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity, reported by The Chicago Sun Times.

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Editor's Insight: Studies have shown mixed results on whether or not calorie labels affect consumers' choices.

This particular study examined children's and parents' choices. It's not surprising that calorie labeling affected parents more than children, even though the percentage of parents who were affected was only 16 percent.

Calorie and nutrition labeling in and of itself is not going to change people's habits. But in concert with formal nutrition education, it will make a difference. 04-07-11 by Elliot Maras