No Big Gains in the War on Obesity, Studies Find

According to a news report from Nation’s Restaurant News, “two recent studies showing that menu-labeling initiatives and fast-food bans do not appear to be doing their intended jobs of improving eating habits—especially of lower-income people—are sparking discussion that more comprehensive programs are needed to curb the nation’s weight problems.”

“One of the studies, conducted by the Rand Corp., a nonprofit think tank that focuses on public policy, found that despite a year-old moratorium on fast-food restaurants in south central Los Angeles, residents did not improve their diets or reduce obesity, mostly because many of their food purchases are made at convenience and liquor stores.The other study, conducted by researchers at New York and Yale universities, determined that only 54 percent of lower-income customers in New York, where menu labeling has been in effect since July 2008, said they noticed calorie postings on menu boards, and just 28 percent said the information affected their ordering,” the story said.

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