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McDonald’s to Make Major Change to Menu on Monday

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I’m not much of a fast food eater, but even I took notice of this.

Starting Monday, McDonald’s restaurants nationwide will starting posting calorie counts right on their menus and drive-thru boards.

Sure, they’ve been doing this for years in New York City after a city mandate, but a national move of their own volition? Interesting.

Granted, proposed health care reform from President Obama would have required that eventually anyway, but that proposal is still under review by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and likely won’t be approved for a while.

I wasn’t blessed with one of those ‘eat-what-you-want-and-never-gain-a-pound’ metabolisms. I gain weight from just smelling a french fry.

Seeing calorie counts on menus would sway me toward making ‘healthier’ choices at a fast food restaurant — though is anything at a fast food restaurant really all that healthy?

I generally am pretty good about watching what I eat, but sometimes? Sometimes I just want to channel my inner college student and pig out on junk.

I don’t need a calorie count staring me down and making me feel guilty. It’s a conscious decision on my part.

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This measure is mostly aimed at the less-educated fast foodies who don’t realize just how incredibly high calorie a double cheeseburger can be. (Again, I wonder, how is that possible?? It’s a pile of greasy meat and cheese…)

Perhaps it will curb the obesity epidemic…or perhaps it will just annoy people who were perfectly happy not knowing that their #1 with a large Coke is pretty much an entire day’s worth of calories and fat.

At least they also plan on rolling out lower calorie items using more vegetables and seasonal ingredients.

How often do you eat fast food?

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