Calorie Information in Fast-Food and Chain Restaurants

CDC Obesity Study: Adult Use of Calorie Information in Fast-Food and Chain Restaurants

A new CDC study, published online this week in the Journal of Public Health, found in a population-based survey of Americans, that almost all U.S. adults who read calorie information when it is available at fast-food and chain restaurants, actually used the information. Researchers found that 95.4% of those who read calorie information used it at least sometimes when making their food choices.

Researchers examined sociodemographic variables in a sample of 4,363 adults using the 2009 HealthStyles survey. However, among the 3,512 who reported eating at fast-food and chain restaurants, only 36.4% reported reading calorie information when available. Reading calorie information, however, was not related to race, income or education.

The study also found the following:

Women were nearly twice as likely to read calorie information when available compared to men. Also, adults who ate at fast food or chain restaurants three or more times per week were less likely to read calorie information than those going less than four times per month.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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