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Study: Calorie Counts Don't Work on Kids

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 2:30pm

Many groups who want to fight child obesity in America have been pushing to require fast-food restaurants to post calorie counts on menus. However, a new study suggests the move does little to reduce the number of calories consumed by children and teens.

Researchers found that although children and adolescents noticed the calories on the menu, it made little difference in what they chose to order. The study found that taste was the most important factor the youngsters gave for their food selections.

The study was conducted in New York City-- the first U.S. city that tried to attack the U.S. obesity epidemic by requiring fast-food restaurants to list calories on their menus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two-thirds of American adults and 15 percent of children are overweight or obese.

The study can be found online, in the International Journal of Obesity.

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