Obese youth more likely to use calorie information in fast food restaurants

A new CDC study, published online today in the Journal of Public Health, has found that of young people who visited fast food or chain restaurants in the U.S. in 2010, girls and youth who were obese were more likely to use calorie information (or menu labeling) given in the restaurants to inform their food choices.  Girls were 80% more likely to use calorie information when available than boys. Obese youth were 70% more likely to use calorie information when available than those who were at a healthy weight.

The study also found that young people who ate less frequently at fast food or chain restaurants (once a week or less) were 50% more likely to use the calorie information when available than young people who ate more frequently at these places (twice or more each week). Full article