Teens and Calorie Counting

burger, fries, calories "When calorie information is available at a fast food/chain restaurant, how often does this information help you decide what to order?" 

Ever since the additions of calorie counts have been placed on menus across America in recent years, this question has been lingering over diner's heads. Recently, studies show that it's now a question being asked to teens, not adults. Published online from the Journal of Public Health, a new study has reported that out of 721 teens surveyed, 40% of tweens and teens between the ages of 9-18 years old pay attention to calorie counts and calorie information when it is available in fast food or chain restaurants.

Several variables come into play when researching why childhood obesity has tripled in recent decades, including gender, age, ethnicity, parent marital status, and living region of the country just to name a few. Studies show that consuming food away from the home is usually higher in fats and salt, and this plays a large part in why teens are over weight. From the research via NPR: The Salt, 80% of teen girls take the calorie count into consideration when picking menu items, and 70% of overweight teens also use the calorie count as well. These numbers show that a large percentage of teen boys are not taking calorie count into consideration. With food being the center of attention, calorie counts on menus are truly important, and teens must be aware of proper eating habits that can be carried with them into adulthood.

Do you make healthier decisions from seeing calorie counts on fast food menus? 

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