Does calorie information promote lower calorie fast food choices among college students?

J Adolesc Health. 2009 Jan;44(1):84-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.06.014. Epub 2008 Sep 27.


This experiment evaluated effects of calorie information on college students' fast food choices. Women chose lower calorie meals, lower calorie items, and lower priced meals when calorie information was provided than when it was not. Men's selections were unaffected. Providing calorie information at point of purchase could have positive implications for public health.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Choice Behavior
  • Consumer Health Information / methods*
  • Diet Surveys
  • Energy Intake*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Food Labeling*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Restaurants
  • Sex Factors
  • Students
  • Young Adult