Just when you thought you could trust McDonalds.

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | January 8, 2010

If you’re a regular Fitness Nerd reader, this CBS report on America’s obesity problem is old news. Regardless, it still packs a punch, particularly the 400-pound, 16-year-old girl.

And just so that I can completely ruin your weekend plans to dine out, here’s further explanation as to why we’re such a heavy country. As it turns out, restaurants and frozen food manufacturers have been lying to us about calorie counts. From the AP:

A study of 10 chain restaurants, including Wendy’s and Ruby Tuesday, found that the number of calories in 29 meals or other menu items was an average of 18 percent higher than listed.

And frozen supermarket meals from Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers, Healthy Choice and South Beach Living had 8 percent more calories than the labels said, according to the study, published in this month’s Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

It’s just crazy, isn’t it? Anyway, who’s up for nachos?

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3 thoughts on “Just when you thought you could trust McDonalds.

  1. screwdestiny

    I’ll skip the nachos, but please pass the cheesecake.

    It was odd to me that several people in that video talking about the problem and what we need to do to change were overweight themselves. This is ridiculous.

    And I thought the FDA (or, you know, someone) regulated calorie counts. So what the heck?

  2. J J

    That is a great piece, I saw that news report and was looking for it, thanks for posting. I just blogged about some wonderful informational pieces at bodynsoil.blogspot (my perfect storm) you may find them interesting, some you may have seen. check out the bitter truth, the Ted.com talk. I think you will enjoy that too.

  3. CT Olson

    I suspected this. when I lost almost 50 pounds I learned how to eat and cook for myself. I remember thinking how few fresh vegetables there were. Also generally more bulk than taste in takeout or eating out meals, except from salt fat or sugar. Ultimately for most people I think it comes down to taking intake into your own hands otherwise it’s a dicey proposition and one where the cals/nutrition content (nutritive density if that makes sense) are stacked against you.


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