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New York is requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts on menus. Should Kansas consider a similar move?

Response Percent Votes
Yes.
 
61% 178
No.
 
35% 103
Unsure.
 
3% 9
Total 290

Comments

Kat Christian 7 years, 1 month ago

And if restaurants do this then you bet the cost of eating out will go up. There is a price for everything these days. Everyone is looking for a way to earn a buck. No more just doing it for the good of mankind. We've become a narcisstic society. So expect a rise in eating out and lower quality of food.

Buggie7 7 years, 1 month ago

To know the nutritional information before I order is well worth the raise in price. I dont believe its being narcisstic I believe its being aware of what you are putting in your body. Even some of the healthy salads have unhealthy additives in them or dressings that you just believe you are getting something helathy. I personally appreciate it when restraunts let me know what calorie count and other nutritional information is in there. My mom is on weight watchers and they do the point system. Its nice for her as well. The applebees menu that has the weight watchers on it has been a great income thing to them. They have expanded their page for this alot. Also I dont think it will lower the quality of food I believe that it will raise it to healthier levels. If food establishments know that you are looking at whats in the stuff they will watch out for what they put in there. I think it will be fresher

Sigmund 7 years, 1 month ago

Yes. That way you can tell whats really tasty!

canyon_wren 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm with you, Bob. If people are really concerned about watching calories, etc. there is plenty of information out there that they can read which gives them a general idea of what's what, without burdening the restaurant industry, etc. And I suspect that most people who watch what they eat already understand this, and the rest don't care.

This getting carried away with regulations is totally ridiculous, in my opinion. Nobody gives members of society at large credit for having the sense to make their owh judgments anymore. I think that Caveat Emptor--let the buyer beware--should be the rule of thumb--within reason, of course. This doesn't apply to the questionable chemicals that are being put in our food, however. We need to have complete information about those--and aren't getting it.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 1 month ago

"And if restaurants do this then you bet the cost of eating out will go up."

Is ink that expensive?

I have no problem going on the record and saying that humans are not all that smart and we need help making good choices. It's like the warnings on cigs. It helped some of us make better choices. How much do we really need to keep spending on the Medicare and Medicaid expenses related to the very high cost of being the most obese people in the history of the planet?

"we are over regulated"

This is not intrusive or oppressive. They are not being told to not serve the food. They are simply being asked to move the info from that poster on the wall by the bathroom and put it next to the food ON the menu. "Over regulation" is when you can tie in actual expenses to the laws (like making McD's pay for some dude's lap-band procedure). This will not make it hard to sell the food or hard to buy it. Anyone who wants to can just ignore the info and get extra mayo like before.

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

well not to be un goverment but enough, if you order a chicken fried steak hello you are going to know it is fatting and if you order a salad and want ranch chances are the ranch packs some cal. also I really do not need everyone and there brother telling me how bad or good I am eating and feeding my family. I go out to enjoy myself not to worry about how many calories I am eating, common sense should tell most people what is high in calories. Get a grip people and be somewhat resposible for your food choices... in other words GROW THE F**K UP.

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

Sorry all but this is getting old did not mean to yell and curse. Remove it if you wish.

hornhunter 7 years, 1 month ago

Get a grip people and be somewhat resposible for your food choices: in other words grow the f**k up. And how many calories will this burn?

I'd have to agree with you on this. N.Y had a crane fall, so ya better watch out!

Richard Heckler 7 years, 1 month ago

Bear Stearns is evidence the USA is not over regulated.

Nutritional information would be helpful customer service.

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

Well I do not cook with salt so I was not even thinking on those lines that is a good and valid point if you could get people to withhold the salt when cooking it would not need to be put on the menu that there is no added salt. I do not care about counting calories when I go out to eat so this just bugged me and I have said sorry so there.

adriennerm 7 years, 1 month ago

It will be a nice gesture to include the information. However I do not believe we should require them to do so.

People need to stop blaming being overweight on the fast food places....take responsibility for yourself

preebo 7 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, maybe it will guilt us into eating better or at the very least being more active.

Drew_Carey 7 years, 1 month ago

500 pts for whoever mentioned chicken fried bacon, with pepper gravy.

100 pts to The_Original_Bob for figuring this out before it's too late. By the way, I learned there's a weight limit on skydiving, better move fast. Too late for my beer 'n' brats fermented body.

I don't imagine Sodolak's Original Country Inn will be putting up the fat content on their CFB. Sounds like it's time to head to Texas for a bite. Gotta keep up my good looks.

deskboy04 7 years, 1 month ago

I only eat organic food from my garden.

denak 7 years, 1 month ago

I think this is a good idea but not very realistic. Considering all the extras one can put on or take off, I think it would be impossible.

People aren't overweight because they eat out once in a while. They are overweight because they eat out A LOT.

Nutrition expert recommend that people do not eat out more than once a week but how many of us actually only eat out once a week.

If you go to a resturant or to a fast food chain, you know that it is fattening. You know that it is mass produced so there is no way to adequately count the amount of fat, sodium and everything else in it.

If we really wanted people to be aware of what they are doing to their bodies, there should be a treadmill next to the counter in McDonalds. If someone wanted to order a Big Mac meal, it should be required that they run on a treadmill for however long it would take to burn it off. That would make people stop and think.

Dena

zettapixel 7 years, 1 month ago

People should have a pretty good idea of the amount of calories they're taking in. If it's greasy, has cheese, and used to moo in its former life, it's probably high in calories!

Buggie7 7 years, 1 month ago

Im not saying they should be forced I suppose. Im saying its very helpful and not to just the people who are watching weight either. Its great for diabetics and people who have other health issues involved. Also, yes we all know that fast food restraunts arent the way to go when trying to eat healthy. However, When you have places like some of the chains I have seen that advertise a asian salad or a chicken sandwich you still would like to know about the ingredients they are using. Alot of people who I know that are diabetic go to a restraunt and even a nicer restraunt and order a salad you want to know what is in the dressing and what is in the marinade that they use for the steak or chicken. These are details that really do need to be addressed. Not all may agree with this but the ones who are diabetic or have health problems or allergies really do appreciate resturaunts like perkins, applebees, subway and others that list ingredients and quantity of ingredients used. fast food restraunts are out to just make a dime and thats ok just dont feel the public into believing that something is healthful for you when its not. Most people dont realize all the sugar and carbs that go into even things like the ever so popular wraps or the salad bars (although there arent many of those in Lawrence anymore) There are people that I have met that are overweight that they just dont know that a taco salad or even a cheese omelet is loaded with fat and calories. They believe its got to be good for you they use fresh ingredients. Well they also use thickners and sugars and other devices to make it that way. I guess it depends on the resturaunt. No they should not be made to do this but it is rather nice for those who are in need of it. Education on healthy eating is a must if you are having a health issue or a weight issue but that only goes so far when in alot of cases you just only know a few ingredients that are in the dish on the menu. I know someone who got terribly sick because they were a severe diabetic and went and had a philly cheese wrap and when he asked the ingredients they told him they carmelize the onions with syrup and brown sugar. On the menu it stated all the ingredients but said it was just grilled onions. Things like that to a person like him are life altering. He wont even eat out at restraunts now because he is just to scared to which is really sad cause we all love to meet the family or just go out on the town for dinner and he should be able to as well.

Buggie7 7 years, 1 month ago

Mommaeffortx2 tells us to grow the f up. She also states not to tell her what to feed her family. Well first of all restruants dont serve just your family! Second no one is telling you what to feed your famiy. Its just helpful information on a menu for someone who does need it. If you dont then freakin bypass it. I agree common sense is great but do you know how many marinades are out there? However there are alot of decieving menus out there. If you look at the chicken (grilled) sandwhich and MCD's you would think hey this is good for you well then look online and compare it to a hamburger. There is a difference but not much. Also anything that is sugar free you would expect hey im in the green for going sugar free. WRONG AGAIN. Go ahead eat all that sugar free labeled stuff cause you are gonna live in the bathroom the following day. Chinease restraunts need to list how much and what foods MSG is in. There are alot of issues with menus that should be corrected. Read the article again momma I think you thought they were trying to tell you what to do and unless you are a restraunt owner they really arent they are just trying to make sure that heart patients and others can enjoy eating out as much as someone who does not have a issue. I think more than just calories need to be posted though.

Drew_Carey 7 years, 1 month ago

100 pts for all putting their IMHO in. (I'm having a happy points day.I think it's all the green beer still in my system.)

Dena, I think McDonald's tried the treadmill idea, remember their pedometer give away, a salad bottled water and a pedometer? Even put one in the kids meal I'm told.

I met a very hot, gorgeous young woman named Sara (in case she's reading, wink, wink, remember me?) at the Applebee's by Oak Park, and I ordered one salad, the name I can't remember, maybe it was the Asian one. She stopped me and said, Oh NO, don't get that one, the dressing alone has a rediculously high amount of calories compared to other dressing, lots of fat. People order extra dressing, and it's a death sentence. So she pointed out a better choice. I was happy. Thanks Sara...can I call you? Are you bartending this weekend?

jonas 7 years, 1 month ago

So. . . . why just the chain restaurants? Is it simply unthinkable that local restaurants would also have food that is high in calories?

jonas 7 years, 1 month ago

Oh, thought it was ant-tree.

But, if we're complaining about applebees, I think the better place to start would be the fact that they're weight-watchers dessert menu items are just regular dessert menu items that are, dingdingding, Made Into Smaller Servings! For the same price! kyahahahahahahahahah.

jumpin_catfish 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey Big brother get out of my mouth I know how to count calories and if I don't watch what I eat that's my bad.

Fishman 7 years, 1 month ago

No one twisted my arm last time I went out to eat. General rule of thumb is if it tastes really good in a restaurant it most likely has more fat and salt. The same can hold true for at home. Get a grip and figure it out. The old saying of you are what you eat still holds true today. I wouldnÂ't be 25-30 pounds overweight if I didnÂ't gorge my pie hole. I normally put more in there than is necessary. ItÂ's not rocket science, but it seems everyone wants to blame someone else for their fat. My fat is my responsibility, is yours?

Jerry Stubbs 7 years, 1 month ago

It might seem silly, but some foods contain much more than they might seem. I found this about

Chipotle Chicken burrito -- seems healthy from the name

Contains 1180 calories 19 grams of saturated fat 2900 mg of sodium

How about Ruby Tuesdays Fresh chicken and Broccoli Pasta -- again seems like a healthy choice Contains 2060 calories 128 grams of fat

Just because it's not a bacon cheeseburger don't be fooled. It should be easy enough to make notes on the menu, and tell us how much caffiene, too, that's a drug.

JayCat_67 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey, Subway's been using the whole healthy eating craze for quite awhile now. (Ain't that Jared dude about 80 years old now?) McD's also has this information printed on the back of that paper tray liner that you can never seem to get to slide into the trash can. Many other restaurants have web sites that have this information. It just takes a bit of an effort to find it. And who can forget the Atkins diet fad. Just about every restaurant out there had their menus marked with dishes that were "Atkins friendly" or "Atkins approved"... well... 'til the dude went and keeled over from a massive myocardial infarction. Oops! But it still proves just how powerful the concept of supply and demand is.

ralphralph 7 years, 1 month ago

If you're eating fast food, you have to assume that it's crap unless proven otherwise. If some places don't want to tell you, and you care enough to want to know, then don't eat there. I'd rather see them stop the "light" or "lite" or "low-fat" labeling lies --- most of these supposedly healthy items simply replace fat with sugar, in one form or another, so that it's not technically fat until you begin to digest it. That's one thing Atkins was right about .... b.t.w., he didn't have a heart attack, he fell and hit his head, and died from some kind of complications from that, didn't he?

JayCat_67 7 years, 1 month ago

I could have sworn some diet guru went and had a heart attack, and I thought it was Atkins. Heck, I may have read the headline as I was in the check out line. But the point still remains that the Atkins diet became a very powerful marketing force and the restaurant industry rode the wave as long as it seemed profitable. If they see a chance to up their bottom line by even pretending that they care about what their customers are consuming, the restaurant industry will voluntarily provide all the information we could possibly want. b.t.w. the world will end next Thursday to make way for a new hyper-space by-pass. Rest assured this frood knows where his towel is.

gccs14r 7 years, 1 month ago

Restaurants should do themselves and us a huge favor and cut all their portions in half. They become more profitable and they quit killing their customers.

Printing nutritional information in menus would be a real eye-opener for people who seem to have no idea what they're eating. 2,000 calories in an entree is beyond excessive.

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