Author(s): Wootan MG, Osborn M, Malloy CJ
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: Given the link between eating out, poor diets, and obesity, we assessed the availability of point-of-purchase nutrition information at the largest fast-food restaurant in the U.S., McDonald's. METHOD: In August 2004, we visited 29 of 33 (88\%) of the McDonald's outlets in Washington, DC and visually inspected the premises, as well as asked cashiers or restaurant managers whether they had nutrition information available in the restaurant. RESULTS: In Washington, DC, 59\% of McDonald's outlets provided in-store nutrition information for the majority of their standard menu items. In 62\% of the restaurants, it was necessary to ask two or more employees in order to obtain a copy of that information. CONCLUSION: We found that even at the largest chain restaurant in the country, nutrition information at the point of decision-making is often difficult to find or completely absent.
This article was published in Prev Med
and referenced in Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy