People who pay attention to calories are making healthier choices

Aug 03, 2011

Keeping track of calories in food may help Americans stay thinner


New York City has undertaken an effort to encourage residents to eat healthier meals, according to USA Today. A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that people who paid attention to calorie counters on menus ended up eating around 100 fewer calories than those who did not.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that there is an increased mortality rate for individuals who are underweight or obese, possibly causing an increase in life insurance claims. Eating healthy is one way that experts say can help reduce the risk of obesity in Americans.

In 2008,New York became the first state in the country to require chain restaurants to list calorie counts and a federal law that is set to come into effect next year will require any restaurant with 20 or more locations to do the same.

"Calorie labeling alone won't cure the obesity epidemic but it is one part of trying to address it," Dr. Lynn D.Silver, director of the Office of Science and Policy at the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and one of the study's authors, told the media outlet.  

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