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Calorie Counts in Restaurant Menus

Summary: Why might restaurants that list their calorie counts have fewer calories?
Air Date: 11/13/15
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Julia Wolfson, MPP
WolfsonJulia Wolfson, MPP, is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Since 2012, Julia has been a Lerner Fellow at the Center For a Livable Future. Julia's research interests lie broadly in exploring policies, programs and environmental factors that influence consumption patterns and obesity. In particular, Julia is interested in investigating the complex relationship between cooking practices and public health. Julia's dissertation work explores public perceptions of cooking and the policy implications of home cooking trends.

Julia received her bachelor's degree from the Gallatin School at New York University and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Julia also enjoyed a career as a chef in several fine dining restaurants in New York City and Los Angeles.
Calorie Counts in Restaurant Menus
In a hope to help consumers like you keep an eye on healthier eating, many fast food chains and restaurants have been adding calorie and nutrition information on their menus.

Recent research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that restaurants that list calorie counts on their menus have an average of 140 fewer calories per item than those that don't list calorie information.

What else did the researchers find when restaurants listed calorie counts on their menus?

Listen in as Julia Wolfson, MPP, shares the study that was published in Health Affairs and if calorie counts can help you lose weight.