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Chain restaurants in Seattle, New York City, Los Angeles, and other places must now List calorie counts on their menus. But does it realty improve people's eating habits? Two studies in New York showed mixed results. In the first, researchers at New York University and Yale tracked customers in poor New York neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and diabetes. Their orders at McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, and KFC averaged 846 calories, compared with 825 before the labeling Law took effect in 2008. But a study by city health officials found that citywide, New Yorkers are ordering fewer calories at KFC, McDonald's, and Starbucks. Nutritionists say that one explanation for the seemingly contradictory findings is that in poor neighborhoods, price may count more than calories. A man buying dollar cheeseburgers in New York told researchers: "I'm looking for the cheapest meal I can."

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Title Annotation:HEALTH; calorie count improves people's eating habits?
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 14, 2009
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