Calorie counts have hit menus at restaurants with 15 or more locations in Westchester County, and readers are offering up a mouthful. Similar legislation has been in effect in Manhattan for several months already.
Many think that if the true aim of the legislation is to fight obesity and promote healthier eating, then the requirement should apply to all restaurants. One person wrote:
This is such great legislation, right? Then why isn’t it required in ALL eating establishments, regardless of how many locations they have? And why doesn’t it include fat content and cholesterol, which are just as important (or more so) than just calorie counts?
Others see the new law as just more wasted energy on the part of county lawmakers:
Another law to help those with no common sense. Now the county will run around checking menus for calorie content instead of devoting resources to more serious food-health issues.
Another had this take:
Typical of the Board of Legislators, this well-intentioned legislation only applies to a minority of Westchester’s eating establishments. If the BOL really cared, they would have required this of all eating places.
Ultimately, readers are wondering what long-term impact the legislation might have. Giving the law a thumbs up, one reader wrote:
To the extent that posting this data makes people think about what they eat (and I know it has changed what I order when I’m in Manhattan) it DOES do good.
Another cynically noted:
Because everyone walking around NYC is slim and trim now right?
Finally, one reader put the situation into perspective, saying:
If you eat this food, you’re not eating healthy. PERIOD. Learn what your body needs and feed it well, you’ll be paid back. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. How stupid are we?
And another added:
It’s all about moderating and exercising, people.
Olatunde Roberts of the Bronx eats lunch at McDonald’s in the Westchester Pavillion in White Plains Nov. 26, 2007. Roberts said she might think twice about ordering fast food if she were to see the calorie amount posted.
Photo by Elizabeth Orozco/The Journal News