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Sure, We Read the Calorie Charts—Then Eat More

Customers say they seek guidance from signs, but receipts tell a different story
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2009 11:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – A new study casts doubt on the effectiveness of calorie-counting charts in fast-food restaurants. Half of those surveyed in New York City say they noticed the charts, and about 28% say the information influenced their orders for the better. But a look at overall customer receipts shows people are ordering slightly more calories than they did before the signs went up in 2008.

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“I think it does show us that labels are not enough,” the lead author of the study tells the New York Times.
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