Stealth Calorie Decrees

Saturday, October 31, 2009
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A few weeks ago, the New York Times produced the results of a study which showed that calorie postings on food/beverage items in restaurants do not change consumer buying habits.

It found that about half the customers noticed the calorie counts, which were prominently posted on menu boards. About 28 percent of those who noticed them said the information had influenced their ordering, and 9 out of 10 of those said they had made healthier choices as a result.

But when the researchers checked receipts afterward, they found that people had, in fact, ordered slightly more calories than the typical customer had before the labeling law went into effect, in July 2008.

The Washington Times has noted that the 1,990 page health care bill includes “a requirement for chain restaurants to post caloric information on their menus.” This will include the indoor menu boards and drive-thru menus of chains, as well as vending machines. Besides the totalitarian aspect of the whole thing, calories are not the sole, or even main determinant of weight and health. Weight loss programs based on the calories in/calories out paradigm do not work and have not worked for decades. But Americans tend to love simplistic formulas that are doomed to perpetual failure. On that note, I once again recommend Good Calories, Bad Calories by the outstanding science journalist Gary Taubes.

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4 Responses to Stealth Calorie Decrees

  1. Jeannie Queenie says:

    November 1st, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    As long as the unholy trinity of government, agriculture and big pharma share under the satin sheets, one can look for obesity to continue..and worse, for all the high fructose, nutrient lacking, tasteless, wrong fats to dominate the restaurant markets along with supermarket chains. I, without sounding paranoid, see a hugh connect between all three entities mentioned above. And when you couple that with american’s preferring to sit on their duffs…or stupidly putting out money for health clubs to use machines when they could easily do their own cooking, housework, scrubbing, painting, lawn mowing, snow shoveling and shimmying up ladders and get the same results for far less money and have a clean, ordered, home, what can I say. sometimes common sense is so uncommon. And often you find that the tried and true make more sense than the instant, stressful dumb stuff.

  2. cousin lucky says:

    November 1st, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    You can blame our Mayor Magnificent Michael R. Bloomberg for this and a host of other Stark Stupidities that he instituted is his Doll House called New York City!!

  3. clark says:

    November 1st, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    So, “a warning about having a totalitarian “Savior” as a president.” coming from Argentina wouldn’t really do much good at this point and no one up here would listen.

    In fact a “Savior” as president or as any government regulator is greatly wanted by the majority… until it isn’t? For an example of how bad things have to get before the masses decide to try and think, maybe:

    A for politics, someone commented that why was I posting these things in a survival and preparedness blog. Here’s why:

    1) I didn’t care about politics either, until a certain politician that got elected president cleaned his butt with our constitution, stealing our retirement funds, raising natural gas and electric power up to 600% all of a sudden with a tax, and recently passing a law that will control our media.

    2) I didn’t care, until they declared a gun emergency law, and we started losing our rights to defend ourselves little by little, while criminals have more rights than us and hardly ever go to jail anymore.

    3) I didn’t care until the president I didn’t vote for decides what I should be able to afford to eat.

    4) How much air conditioner should I use during summer.

    5) I didn’t care until we ended up with a president that spent all of a sudden and witohut asking anyone 600 million dollars ( of out pension funds) to buy access to the soccer matches on Sundays so as to make them free to view in the public channel, instead of pay per view like before. She takes our money, spends it on soccer, even if I dont give a damn about soccer and even though millions of kids are below the poverty line, a dozen starving to death each day… but hey! They have soccer.

    6) I didn’t care until our president decided to be best buds with Cuba and Venezuela, while shutting us off from the rest of the world.

    7) I didn’t care until I realized how many people have died, starving, killed by crime and the lack of security, or by pandemics like Dengue and A flu, all because of a government that chooses to censor the information instead of doing something about it.

    It’s all very serious, even life or death matters, freedom and personal liberites. And its all got to do with politics and weather we do something aobut it or not.

    Maybe if regulators banned resturants, or at least high fat resturants, to lower heart attacks, just like they do with smoking, it’s a health issue, maybe then people will wake up?

  4. Shannon says:

    November 3rd, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Interestingly, they were serving up hamburgers, soda and french fries, fifty plus years ago and there was not obesity problem. People didn’t have gym memberships either. They moved around, put elbow grease into things, and stayed fit. The menus didn’t contain calorie information either.

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