Calorie Labeling Doesn't Count Among Kids

February 15, 2011 Updated Feb 15, 2011 at 8:18 PM EDT

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February 15, 2011 Updated Feb 15, 2011 at 8:18 PM EDT


(WKBW/ABC News) Most fast food is not healthy and is linked to childhood obesity, but does knowing the fat and calories in what you're eating really make a difference?

Not when it comes to young people. Researchers asked kids up to age 17 to select meals from four of the largest chains: McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, and KFC.

Calorie labeling was made available, but it had no effect on the kids' food choices.

Only nine percent said they considered the calorie information when ordering, but researchers say parents did have some influence in their food selections, so Mom and Dad may want to speak up.

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