In order to justify government-mandated menu labeling, diet guru David Zinczenko makes serious accusations and lofty promises with little evidence to back them up.
I don’t agree with Zinczenko’s claim about the “whopping” percentage of calories Americans eat at restaurants. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study of eating habits from 1977 through 1995, about 35% of calories Americans consumed were away from home.
This figure includes more than just calories consumed in restaurants.
It also covers calories from schools, vending machines, residential dining halls, soup kitchens, shelters and other public places.
There’s no proof that menu labeling causes weight loss, but research has found that “fitness labeling” can make a difference.
One study showed that posting signs alerting shoppers that taking the stairs can protect one’s heart more than doubled the number who chose stairs over the escalator at a suburban mall in England. If every shopper climbed the stairs on the way to the food court, Americans could lose several extra pounds and a few unnecessary laws.
I wish Zinczenko had touched on this important factor in his piece.