Menu Labelling Cohort Study

Young adulthood is a critically important time for food choices, as many young adults have poor dietary habits. This study used a naturalistic cohort study design to assess the impact of a calorie labelling scheme on food choices among university students in a cafeteria setting. The study found that there were significant increases in the number of people that noticed nutrition information, and also significant increases in the number of people used nutrition information the guide their food choices. There were also significant decreases in the number of calories that were purchased, which was consistent across socio-demographic groups. Overall, the study suggests that displaying calorie amounts on menus and menu boards can help to reduce excess energy intake in a cafeteria setting.

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