Chain restaurants in the Seattle, Wash. have made small changes for the better since a 2009 law forced them to put nutrition information on their menus, a new study finds, according to Reuters News. Eighteen months after the law went into effect in King County, Wash., calorie counts were a bit lower, the study found. For the full story, click here.
Editor’s Insight: This report indicates that when foodservice establishments are required to disclose nutrition information on menus, they offered more lower calorie options.
The article also notes that it remains to be seen if nutrition disclosure results in lower rates of obesity.
It’s good to know that professional researchers are studying the impact of public policies. It will take time before researchers can determine what policies work best in addressing rising obesity. 07-23-12 By Elliot Maras