Pam Singer Says Mandatory Calorie Counts May Be Hazardous to Your Health


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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims it is helping America stay healthy with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's mandate to display calories on restaurant menus and vending machines. Recent studies have shown that this mandate actually has little or no impact on the ordering behaviors of the general population. What has yet to be addressed, however, is the deleterious effect of this mandate on the estimated twenty million women and ten million men who struggle with eating disorders during their lifetimes. For those working toward recovery, writes clinical psychologist Pam Singer, this policy impedes a foundational part of their efforts.