Teens Don't Care About Fast Food Calorie Postings, Study Says
Even though teens can see exactly how many calories are in the fast food they're about to eat, a new study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, shows that it has very little influence on what they order.
According to the New York Times, researchers at New York University found that more than half of the teenagers in their study noticed the calorie postings, and a quarter of the teens said they were weight-conscious. Only 9 percent said the nutritional information led them to buy lower-calorie foods.
However, when the NYU researchers compared receipts, they found that the food the teens purchased equaled the same number of calories as before restaurants began posting calorie info.
Over 70 percent of the teens in the study said that taste was the most important factor when buying fast food, followed by cost. One-third of the teens said they ate fast food six or more times a week, and researchers found that most underestimated the number of calories they were eating, sometimes by over 450 calories.
What about you? Whether you eat fast food or not, do you look at the calorie count of foods you're buying? Does knowing how many calories are in your food have any influence on your purchases? Let us know in the comments. %Poll-60287%