Not only did Nanny Bloomberg want to control your alcohol consumption, he wanted to control your calorie consumption as well. So he fought a long and controversial fight to require chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus. Ultimately, he won the battle but lost the war. Restaurants were forced to comply with his demands and, in 2008, began listing calorie counts. But a study conducted by NYU Langone Medical Center later found that calorie consumption was barely impacted by the changes.
Per Michael Bloomberg's initiative, New York City restaurants with 15 outlets or more began displaying calorie counts on their menus in 2008.
A 2008 study showed that people consumed approximately 783 calories per meal at restaurants with calories displayed vs. 756 at restaurants without calorie counts
By 2013/2014, people consumed between 804-839 calories per meal at restaurants with calories displayed, and 802-857 per meal at restaurants without the counts.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
“Bloomberg, who served as mayor of New York between 2002 and 2013, introduced a policy to force chain restaurants to show calorie counts on their menus. Starting in 2008, the calorie counts for restaurants with ...
Monday, November 2, 2015
Seven years after then-mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed for calorie counts on menus across the city, new research shows they aren't having much of an effect.