Study: Calorie count postings don't inspire healthy eating

February 16, 2011 4:30:50 AM PST
When it comes to fast food, the calorie count doesn't appear to inspire teenagers or parents of younger children to order less fattening meals.

That's the conclusion of a study in the "International Journal of Obesity."

It's a finding that's discouraging to those hoping calorie labeling will help stem the tide of childhood obesity.

The young people in this study came from low income communities in New York and New Jersey and ranged in age from one to 17.

While many of the adolescents noticed the calorie listing, only 9 percent said they considered the information when ordering.

As part of the country's new Heath Care Reform Act, restaurants with 20 or more locations must post the calorie content of their menu items.