New Regulation Requires NYC Restaurants To Display Calorie Information
March 10, 2008
(Long Island, N.Y.) Starting March 31, 2008, New York City restaurants with 15 or more branches nationwide will be required to display calorie and other nutritional information prominently in their menus to allow New York City residents better access to health information on their daily consumption.
The new regulation was passed by the New York City Board of Health last January in an effort to further decrease Obesity, Diabetes and Heart problems which is prominent among residents of the city. New York City Health Department estimates that over 3.2 million of its residents are considered Obese or overweight.
“Obesity and Diabetes are the only major health problems that are getting worse in New York City,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City Health Commissioner. “Today, the Board of Health passed a regulation that will help New Yorkers make healthier choices about what to eat; living longer and healthier lives as a result.”
Chain restaurants in New York currently display health information of any food choices which can be found in their menu through several mediums such as in the internet, through plastic food wrappers and in some cases through tray liners. A survey conducted deduced that these methods are insufficient ways of handing out necessary health figures. Almost three quarters of New York City consumers suggest importance of Health information on any product they purchase half of which indicate that their food selection centers around the figures.
“Obesity poses one of our most serious health risks,” said DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH. “In some New York City neighborhoods, more than one in four people is Obese. The toll on personal health is enormous. Most Obese and overweight people describe unhealthy eating habits and report poorer health than other City residents. Understanding one’s weight is an important first step in reducing health risks.
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