Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Metro's Menu-Labeling Proposition: Good Idea or Much Ado About Noting?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 7:10 AM

Scene intern Angela Suico contributed this post.

It would be legal for the Metro Board of Health to require restaurants to note calorie counts on their menus, according to Metro's legal department. After restaurant workers challenged the board's authority to impose a controversial menu-labeling rule, which would apply to restaurants with 15 or more outlets, Metro Legal delivered an opinion in support of the board on Dec. 23. The board will meet Jan. 8 to discuss public comments and will vote on the issue in February.

Legality aside, would such a requirement actually help fight obesity, as the proposal intends? Would knowing the calories stop Nashvillians from sinking their teeth into excessive towers of bread, cheese and beef? Or would food lovers continue to ignore the numbers in favor of their McLovin'?

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