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Counting Calories in NYC May Get Easier

April 18, 2008 08:45 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A federal judge gets mixed reviews after upholding a decision requiring New York City chain restaurants to add calorie counts to their menus.

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The Big Apple’s quest to make New Yorkers more health-conscious took a step forward after Judge Richard Holwell upheld a regulation requiring restaurants with 15 or more locations to display calorie information on menus.

The New York State Restaurant Association, “which sued to block the plan, vowed to appeal,” reports the New York Daily News.

If the regulation does take effect, The Consumerist blog suspects that some restaurant-goers will be startled by what they see.

“Get ready to laugh at the shocked expressions on your fellow Starbucks customers’ faces as they learn that their favorite drink (Venti Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème, 750 calories) has more calories than a Whopper (only 680),” writes the blog.

The court case has also produced an interesting side issue. Dr. David Allison, incoming president of the American Obesity Association, was apparently paid to file an affidavit supporting the position of the New York State Restaurant Association. The affidavit angered some AOA members, according to Web site GoUpState.com.

This is Gotham’s second attempt to combat obesity by calling for menu calorie counts; an earlier version of the rule was struck down in court.

San Francisco and Seattle have considered similar measures.

On a national level, obesity has become a major concern for public health officials as an increasing number of people suffer with diabetes and other weight-related health problems.

Headline Link: ‘Judge Rules City Can Require Restaurant Chains to Display Calorie Counts'

Opinion: An eye-opening experience

Background: If at first you don’t succeed …

Related Topics: Affidavit uproar and calorie posting in other cities

Reference: Judge’s ruling, nutrition and obesity

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