Study: Menu Food Labeling Doesn't Impact Consumer Choices

A new study published in the American Journal for Preventive Medicine notes that two years after King County, Wash. began requiring chain restaurants to post nutritional information on menus and boards, researchers found the law had no effect on consumer behavior in its first year, as reported in The Seattle Post Intelligencer, Seattle, Wash.

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Editor's Insight: It is important that government officials read this report. Menu labels in and of themselves do not change consumers' behavior.

Nutrition labels are helpful to consumers who want to maintain their diets when eating out. But they do not encourage people to develop healthy habits.

Governments must support health and nutrition education programs to change unhealthy eating habits. 01-19-11 Elliot Maras