The evidence so far (counter intuitively) does not support listing calorie counts next to menu choices at restaurants. See here.
Makes you wonder. Is this the new era of evidenced based practice that we’ve all been waiting for?
I think it’s pretty safe to assume that from here on out any health-related government mandate that originates in Congress won’t be based so much on evidence as politics. If the evidence isn’t so friggin’ obvious at this stage in the game, there will be two political sides. And if it is obvious, why should there be a mandate? Shouldn’t it just be called malpractice? The implication of mandating some sort of medical treatment or preventive measure is that some company is going to make a boatload of money due to that mandate. The legislative government has almost always stayed out of the medical treatment game because medical treatments tend to change every 5 or 10 years– about the same time it takes the government to do anything. Until now.