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Counting calories: resident perspectives on calorie labeling in New York City.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22770835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The present study investigates consumer responses to New York City's 2008 calorie labeling regulation in 2 lower-income neighborhoods of New York City.
METHODS: Focus groups were conducted, and 34 fast-food consumers participated. Group summaries and descriptive and analytic depictions of group responses and interactions were developed based on a thorough examination of the notes and tapes.
RESULTS: Findings included that there is support for the regulation, as well as skepticism regarding the potency of calorie posting as a behavior change tool. In addition, there were strong beliefs about both parental responsibility for children's eating habits as well as the role of poverty, hunger, and lack of education in food selection.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Calorie labeling is one avenue for educating consumers about nutrition; however, given competing factors in food choice decisions as well as the realities of hunger and poverty, more proactive measures are needed.
Cynthia Gordon; Roger Hayes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-07-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1878-2620     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2012 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-11     Completed Date:  2012-11-19     Revised Date:  2013-01-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  454-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Published by Elsevier Inc.
East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office, New York, NY 10029, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Consumer Participation
Fast Foods
Focus Groups
Food Labeling / methods*
Health Education / methods*
Health Status Disparities
Middle Aged
New York City
Nutritional Sciences / education*
Obesity / prevention & control*
Young Adult

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