As the country leans towards a more health conscious attitude, little signs with big numbers began to appear in fast food chains across the country. Offering up details such as a calorie count, grams of fat, and more, the tiny sign can cause big shock in hungry patrons looking for a quick meal. A serious question remains: Do calorie signs limit how much fast food you eat?
Do Calorie Signs in Fast Food Restaurants Change Your Eating Habits?
I am your typical American, working mom. I am always on the rushing about, on the go…and busy, busy, busy. There are some mornings when I forget, or simply don’t have time to pack a brown bag lunch. Although these days are few and far between, I readily admit to strolling off to the nearest fast food restaurant. A few months ago, I had a very busy morning and neglected to back myself a lunch at work. When lunch time approached, I reluctantly meandered over to the nearest Burger King and glanced at the menu. I’m certain my eyes bulged out of their sockets similar to characters in old cartoons. Was there anything on the menu that wouldn’t destroy my diet? Apparently not. I quickly proceeded to the exit with haste, still recovering from caloric shock.
Do Calorie Signs in Fast Food Restaurants Change Eating Habits? The answer depends on the person. In my case it certainly did. I have to be really desperate for food if I am eating a meal from a fast food venue such as ‘McDonald’s’, ‘Burger King’, etc. However, upon polling my husband with this question, you get a completely different response. “You only live once, you might as well eat what you want.” I can definitely see his point of view, but I have to say a 1700 calorie burger that will leave you hungry an hour later and ridden with dieter’s remorse doesn’t sound too tempting to me.
Sadly, obesity has become an epidemic in America. If the mass majority of American citizens started to take their health and diet choices more seriously, Fast Food restaurants would be forced to offer a larger variety of healthy options. Rather than have an over abundance of fatty, artery clogging nightmares that the fast food industry calls “Value Meals”, they can offer a leaner, more healthy option.
What is your stance? Have you ever checked out the calorie count on your favorite Value Meal? The next time you walk into your preferred fast food restaurant, take a good look at the dietary information. Would you change your lunch order based on the calorie count?