Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today on McDonald's announcement they will begin posting calorie counts for items on their menu boards. DeLauro authored the provision on menu labeling in the health care reform law that passed Congress two years ago.
"Today's announcement is great news and will enable consumers to make informed choices. It is no coincidence that, as obesity rates have skyrocketed, Americans have eaten more and more meals outside the home. In fact, research has shown that not only are many Americans unaware of the recommended calorie intake suggested for healthy living, they have a hard time assessing the calorie level of a fast-food meal.
"Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more consumers will have access to this information. I look forward to seeing more food establishments move towards enhanced transparency in the coming months and years."