15 November 2013, WebMed, Kathleen Doheny -- "Of 2,000 customers, 40 percent noticed the information and 10 percent used it.
Posting the calorie content of menu items at restaurants is designed to make diners stop and think, tally up the total and make wiser choices.
In real life, that doesn't seem to be the case, according to new research.
In a poll of 2,000 Philadelphia fast-food customers, aged 18 to 64, few used the information, even if they noticed it, said study author Brian Elbel, an assistant professor of population health and health policy at the NYU School of Medicine.
"Forty percent of the sample saw it and about 10 percent [overall] said they used it and reported to us that they purchased fewer calories," he said.The study is published in the November issue of the journal Obesity. Elbel is scheduled to present the findings Friday at the Obesity Society's annual meeting in Atlanta. ..."