Calorie-Counting Menus Help Diners Lose Just 1 Pound Over 3 Years, and Other Depressing Facts -- MarketWatch

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Health-food advocates may not be encouraged by the results of this new study


Jacob Passy MarketWatch

Calorie counts help curb diners’ appetites for less healthy options, but not by much.

The good news: Menu labels including calorie information were shown to reduce the amount people ate. Now, for the bad news: Calorie counts on restaurant menus would, on average, cause a consumer to lose just 1 pound over the span of 3 years, according to a working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research organization in Cambridge, Mass.