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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 3, 2014

Restaurant Customers Do Use Calorie Information on Menus

JAMA. 2014;312(9):883. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10411

Calorie information on menus at fast food and chain restaurants is helping customers decide what to order, a recent study shows.

The survey of about 100 000 adults in 17 states showed that in 2012, an estimated 57.3% used the calorie information when selecting menu items. The highest rates of use were in New York (61.3%) and Hawaii (60.2%); the lowest was in Montana (48.7%). In each state, more women than men reported using the calorie information. The highest proportion of women who used the calorie counts was in New York (71%). The findings are based on data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (Lee-Kwan SH et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[27]:581-584).

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