This article discusses results of a study that examined whether restaurant environments changed as a result of a newly implemented restaurant nutrition-labeling regulation in King County, Wash., compared over a similar length of time to restaurants in Multnomah County, Ore., where nutrition-labeling was not implemented. Researchers found that there was no substantive difference in overall availability or facilitation of healthy eating or highlighting healthier options in the restaurants aside from the actual required nutrition-labeling. Nutrition labeling was accompanied by some changes in restaurant environments, notably a decrease in encouragement to overeat or eat unhealthily, but no increase in identifying or providing more healthful options. Overall, availability of healthier options and encouragement to purchase and consume these options did not change and remains low.
Published: November 2012
ID #: 65233, 67291, 65430
Journal: Am J Prev Med
Authors: Saelens BE, Chan NL, Krieger J, et al
Changes in Awareness and Use of Calorie Information After Mandatory Menu Labeling in Restaurants in King County, WashingtonIn 2009, King County, Wash., implemented a menu-labeling regulation that requires chain restaurants to provide calorie, saturated fat, carbohydrate, and sodium information. This study examines population-level changes in menu-labeling awareness (i.e., seeing calorie information) and use (i.e., using calorie information) before and after policy implementation in King County. Researchers analyzed 2008 through 2010 Behavioral Risk More
Energy, Saturated Fat, and Sodium Were Lower in Entrees at Chain Restaurants at 18 Months Compared with 6 Months Following the Implementation of Mandatory Menu Labeling Regulation in King County, WashingtonThis study examined the energy, saturated fat, and sodium content of entrées at national chain restaurants subject to menu labeling regulations in King County, Washington, at six and 18 months after the implementation of the regulation. Researchers evaluated the nutrition content of entrées at 11 sit-down restaurants and 26 quick-serve chains for items that were More