US Health Reform Holds Up Mass. Calorie Counts

The federal requirement "supersedes the state rules," according to state Department of Public Health spokeswoman Julia Hurley. "We are pleased that the calorie posting regulations, when they do go into effect, will be part of a larger and more comprehensive national effort to fight against the rising obesity epidemic," she emailed.

Yes, many of us look forward to the reality-check effects of calorie accounts on our food-ordering habits. But a recent report on New York City's childhood obesity rates in the Times offered a sobering look at how hard it is to make a dent in a population's weight. Though New York is trying all kinds of anti-obesity measures, including calorie counts in restaurants, the latest obesity rate was no lower than the year before.

This program aired on September 7, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.



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