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New Laws: Calorie Counting in California's Chain Restaurants

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Big Mac has 540 calories. A kid's meal with Chicken McNuggets, small fries, and chocolate milk has almost 600 calories. That's nearly half the recommended calories in a whole day's meals for a child.

McDonald's already posts nutritional information for all its menu items on its website, but the numbers will soon be shown next to photos of those big juicy burgers in the restaurants.

Daniel Conway is with the California Restaurant Association. He says nutritional information can help people make healthier decisions. But, he says it's only part of the solution in fighting obesity. 

"Providing information doesn't necessarily dictate people's behavior. I've heard from some people that if it's their birthday or their anniversary or something they don't care how many calories are on whatever they're eating."

Restaurants that don't comply can be fined between 50 and 500 dollars. But Conway says enforcement of the law will be rolled out slowly over the next six months.
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