One in three baby boomers is not just overweight but obese.
Having the number of calories listed for every item on the menus of fast food restaurants would help boomers lose weight.
New York’s "Read ’Em Before You Eat ’Em" postings, which require the calorie information, is being seen by health officials throughout the United States as a good way to attack the growing obesity rate.
Some restaurants don't like the requirement, so they're suing, according to an editorial in The New York Times. They and other restaurants support the LEAN Act, a new bill filed in Congress. This bill would kill New York and California calorie requirement laws and let restaurants put calorie information in a brochure or at the end of the menu.
The Times editorial suggests that instead Congress should pass a law that would require the New York system nationwide.
One company is embracing the calorie postings, The Times stated in its editorial:
Yum Brands announced earlier this month that it will begin adding calorie counts to the menu boards at company-owned franchises, including its Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell outlets. Its goal is to label all menus by 2011.
Copyright 2008, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist