What are the Benefits of Including Calorie Counts?
People may already find such calorie counts on the handout menus brought home from their favorite restaurants.
Congress members claim to have passed this law in an effort to make the population healthier. Judy Simon states that such a change may also help customers who might be tempted to order too many calories when a healthier alternative exists. Simon is a Seattle-based dietitian and nutrition instructor at the University of Washington.
A study from the University of North Carolina suggests that up to 65 percent of women may have fought with an eating disorder at some time in their lives.
Simon says that since chain restaurants, convenience stores, and grocery stores now have to post calorie counts, this might also lead to another unintended consequence. She fears that people who are overweight will become even more stigmatized when dining out with friends who read the labels and suggest they order a lower calorie item instead of the meal they really want.
Regardless of the concerns, many more businesses will have to start posting calorie counts, so do not be surprised when you start seeing them everywhere.