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Attempt to steer McDonald's diners toward smaller meals backfires(libs mad at low info voters)
Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/18/13 | Karen Kaplan

Posted on 07/21/2013 3:33:41 PM PDT by DallasBiff

You might think that customers buying their lunch at McDonald’s would order meals with fewer calories if someone handed them a slip of paper reminding them that women should eat no more than 650 calories at lunchtime and men should not exceed 800 calories. But you would be wrong.

Instead, researchers found that diners who received these supposedly helpful reminders actually purchased more calories than those who didn’t, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.

The study authors — from the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Cornell University’s Department of Applied Economics and Management — stood outside two McDonald’s restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They approached diners on their way in and asked them to save their receipts and conduct a short interview after they ate their lunch.

In addition, some diners were handed information on the number of calories men and women should eat at lunch, and some were given information on the total number of calories men and women should eat in an entire day. A control group was not given any advice on the calorie front

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; lowinformationvoters; mcdonalds; michelleobama; nannycrats; obama
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LOL, don't you know that your local liberal elites want you to hate McDonald's.
1 posted on 07/21/2013 3:33:41 PM PDT by DallasBiff
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To: DallasBiff

Been part of my s portfolio for years. Even that Libtard film Supersize Me’ failed to make a dent. Anyone ever try going to a downtown McD’s during lunchtime? The most bought meal is the Dollar Menu or anything for a buck. The word ‘dollar’ has more effect than 5000 calories. No one gives a rat’s ass about calories unless you’re on a diet or a brain-dead lib.


2 posted on 07/21/2013 3:39:35 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: DallasBiff

I’m thinking that if you’re going to McDonalds for a meal, you’re not thinking about calories.


3 posted on 07/21/2013 3:41:00 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

MO’s version of ‘The Hunger Games’ She needed a vehicle in which she could star.


5 posted on 07/21/2013 3:44:01 PM PDT by V K Lee
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To: max americana

Even funnier, step into any McDonald’s in Europe. It’s a packed house.


6 posted on 07/21/2013 3:44:43 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: DallasBiff

The study has a major flaw — the “keep your nose out of my business” effect.

If someone came up to me and handed me a paper telling me I was eating too much, my first (childish) reaction would be to order more, because I don’t like being told what to do. “You are not my mother” is something I find myself thinking a lot.

I assume I’m not the only one. Oddly, when the store simply lists all the calories, I do tend to pick lower-calorie items, because it is my choice, and they are simply giving me the information I need.

So maybe the should repeat this, but by having the information displayed generally in the restaurant, and then they could ask people if they SAW the information.


7 posted on 07/21/2013 3:45:16 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: DallasBiff

pretty soon those little buttons they press with a picture of a burger or shake on it will count up the calories you are ALLOWED to eat during lunch


8 posted on 07/21/2013 3:46:17 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: DallasBiff

Well, they should love you to eat at Chic-fil-A, hubby and I ate there for the first time recently, since it was there and of course we support them.

The place was immaculately clean, the service was excellent, the food was quite good and the portions were...inadequate!

Even for me, and I am a small eater. Hubby probably could have eaten 3 lunches.

Would I go back? Maybe, but only because I support their views. Otherwise I’m sticking with wendy’s, love their chili.


9 posted on 07/21/2013 3:46:57 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: DallasBiff
You might think that customers buying their lunch at McDonald’s would order meals with fewer calories if someone handed them a slip of paper reminding them that women should eat no more than 650 calories at lunchtime and men should not exceed 800 calories.

No. I don't think that way. Maybe liberals do, but I make up my own mind no matter what someone tries to tell me.

10 posted on 07/21/2013 3:47:53 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: DallasBiff
Can't remember the last time I ate at McDonalds.

It's convenience food. No more, no less.

11 posted on 07/21/2013 3:49:15 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

You know, that effect was intense when they banned the “ring pull” tabs on soda cans. I’m pretty sure most EVERYONE pulls the newer style off out of sheer spite for the banning of the older ones and I find just as many of the damn things metal detecting...


12 posted on 07/21/2013 3:50:03 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: DallasBiff

Is it possible that some people resented being told what to eat and viewed it as an intrusion on their personal life and ate more than they normally would or did not reduce what they ate as a go ton hell statement?


13 posted on 07/21/2013 3:50:19 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: riri

My bud who teaches in Japan tells me every time he goes to McD’s it’s packed like a concert. From cashier to door even at dead times of 3 PM.


14 posted on 07/21/2013 3:51:32 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: DallasBiff

Not even Bammy wants to live under Moochelle’s dietary nazism.

But I’ve always LOL’d at women who go through the salad trough at lunch and pile on the toppings and ladle on the dressing and then pat themselves on the back because they were “good girls” for *only* having a salad for lunch.


15 posted on 07/21/2013 3:52:26 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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To: jocon307
I’m sticking with wendy’s, love their chili.

Me too, but without the garnish....


16 posted on 07/21/2013 3:52:35 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: DallasBiff

Some people don’t like smarmy Lefties telling them what to do.


17 posted on 07/21/2013 3:52:43 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: max americana

McDonalds might as well be Ruth’s Chris to many people today.


18 posted on 07/21/2013 3:52:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind each blade of grass.)
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To: F15Eagle

I personally know someone who orders the dollar menu/cheeseburger and has a pop can for lunch so his budget is $1.


19 posted on 07/21/2013 3:53:12 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: DallasBiff

I wonder what percentage of these folks can read the handout well enough to understand what info is being conveyed?


20 posted on 07/21/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: DallasBiff

Funny thing about them there liberals.

Always concerned about everyone’s eating habits but won’t go anywhere near restricting food stamp usage to healthy food.


21 posted on 07/21/2013 3:56:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Irenic
I’m thinking that if you’re going to McDonald's for a meal, you’re not thinking about calories.

Not true. Although I mostly brown bag or grab something from Kroger, McDonald's is the fast food restaurant nearest work. I am on a diet and most certainly look at the calories AND the prices. McD's is not the best place to go, but not bad. I usually check online for calories prior to leaving the office--"Favorites under 400."

23 posted on 07/21/2013 4:02:54 PM PDT by madison10
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To: F15Eagle

You know those cups they give you at In N Out, McD’s, Carls etc..this dude saves them. When he’s thirsty on the road, he eats his sandwich in the lot and goes to the resto and presto: free drink with the cup he washes everytime.


24 posted on 07/21/2013 4:05:30 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: F15Eagle

Oh Boy, Oh Boy,

If not for that damn dollar menu, I’d have had to go without lunch!

No fooling.


25 posted on 07/21/2013 4:07:58 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: F15Eagle

The recovery has been robust for bankers and hedge fund managers, not so much for everyone else.


26 posted on 07/21/2013 4:09:58 PM PDT by garbanzo (Welcome to the jungle, it gets worse here every day)
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To: ErnBatavia

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!


27 posted on 07/21/2013 4:10:15 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: DallasBiff
Walked into a Five Guys recently. Thanks to Bloomberg, they have calorie counts posted. Regular fries have (about) 600 calories. A large order has 1350 calories and costs about 50-75 cents more.

He'll, yeah, I'll take the large size! Best value in town. (P.S. I think they served me about two medium-large potatoes.

28 posted on 07/21/2013 4:13:38 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: DallasBiff

You can lead a horse to water, but only a liberal thinks you can pass a law to make them drink...


29 posted on 07/21/2013 4:23:27 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Irenic

McDonalds (or similar fast food chains) meals aren’t particularly calorific, compared to more upscale restaurants.

Do your own comparasions, using one of many handy on-line menu calculators, such as this one:

http://databases.sun-sentinel.com/news/health/ftlaudrestcalories/ftlaudrestcalories_list.php


30 posted on 07/21/2013 4:23:44 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: DallasBiff
The only thing I like at McDonalds besides their salads (which are quite good) is the Egg McMuffin. Whoever invented that invented the near-perfect breakfast sandwich. I say near-perfect because when I make them at home, I use swiss cheese and real bacon as opposed to that circle of "Canadian" bacon.

Still, two Egg McMuffins in the morning will fuel me all the way to dinner.

As for the salads, skip the dressing and dump in a can of sardines packed in olive oil. That will provide a healthier dressing along with some protein. I keep tins of sardines in my glove compartment so I can always get a good lunch on the road when I'm pressed for time.

31 posted on 07/21/2013 4:31:19 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: max americana
I've lived on Japan before. My Mother came to visit and one of the places I took her to was McDonalds. She questioned why I would take her to McDonalds? I told she had to try the teriyaki burger and the fries tasted different. She liked it.


32 posted on 07/21/2013 4:32:27 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: nascarnation
I wonder what percentage of these folks can read the handout well enough to understand what info is being conveyed?

If they're "new school," we know they can't read it in cursive.

33 posted on 07/21/2013 4:33:12 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: DallasBiff
Social engineering doesn't work. Period. The only things that change people's behavior are 1. Deciding that changing is in their self-interest, or 2. Personally deciding, based on their own conscience and/or spirituality, that changing is the right thing to do. Smarmy academic attempts to ‘guide the little people’ are arrogant and usually destined to fail.
34 posted on 07/21/2013 4:34:09 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: BBell

My fratmate who graduated in the same class as me in 07’ teaches English in one of the gakuens’ or high schools until now. He also told me that teens also hang out at Dunkin Donuts (seriously) are the cool’ kids. FYI, that Teriyaki Burger looks damn delicious.


35 posted on 07/21/2013 4:42:53 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: F15Eagle
No one left in America can afford much of anything except for on the Dollar Menu - including me.

Me too.

Thank you, Dear Leader™

36 posted on 07/21/2013 4:43:37 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

When I go out to eat, I am not usually thinking about calories. I’m going to get what I want, regardless. Price would be about the only thing that would make me think twice. I can watch my calories at home. :p

I could be wrong but I was thinking that I’m not alone in my behavior. Well, the Hollywood sorts may be different but they’re not normal by my estimation.


37 posted on 07/21/2013 4:44:38 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: DallasBiff
Hand out leaflets? Bah. This would turn people off MickeyD's in a flash.


38 posted on 07/21/2013 4:46:00 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Mr. K
pretty soon those little buttons they press with a picture of a burger or shake on it will count up the calories you are ALLOWED to eat during lunch

Its just a database call from the cash register to your Obamacare database away.

39 posted on 07/21/2013 4:46:59 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Mr. K

Don’t give the Statists any ideas!


40 posted on 07/21/2013 4:47:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: DallasBiff
I remember McD had a kind of low cal burger, McLean or something, and they ended up dumping it because people wouldn't buy it twice. Totally flavorless meat...less calories with a grilled cardboard taste.
41 posted on 07/21/2013 4:50:04 PM PDT by JPG (Obama Does Egypt.)
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To: DallasBiff

Oh dear lord, this opens the gates for our own segment of FR bores who are now going to post how they “never eat at McDonalds”. Yawnnnnn.


42 posted on 07/21/2013 4:54:38 PM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Irenic

When I go out to eat it’s a treat. With some it is a life style. If you always ate out you probably would need to watch what you ate


43 posted on 07/21/2013 5:05:11 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: max americana

I can’t remember the last time I saw an A&W Root beer drive in or a Shakey’s pizza in the U.S. but both are all over Japan.


44 posted on 07/21/2013 5:09:41 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
When I go out to eat it’s a treat. With some it is a life style. If you always ate out you probably would need to watch what you ate.

touché

45 posted on 07/21/2013 5:10:54 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: LittleBillyInfidel
Oh dear lord, this opens the gates for our own segment of FR bores who are now going to post how they “never eat at McDonalds”. Yawnnnnn.

I typically avoid McDonalds if I can help it. There are healthier alternatives ... even still, their $1 coffee is great (beats Starbucks hands-down) and their new Chicken McWraps are a decent healthy alternative to their burgers.

I've also come to like their egg white and tomato McMuffins.

Between the Chicken McWraps and their egg white and tomato McMuffins, McDonalds really can offer a healthy/health conscious choice when they want to. (The Chicken McWraps are what got me back into a McDonalds. That, the egg white and tomato McMuffin's and coffee are all I ever order.)

46 posted on 07/21/2013 5:11:51 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: ErnBatavia

Finger food? (Or maybe just a thumbs up for the chili?)


47 posted on 07/21/2013 5:12:05 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: BBell
I can’t remember the last time I saw an A&W Root beer drive in or a Shakey’s pizza in the U.S. but both are all over Japan.

There's still an A&W Drive In on I-94 in Southern Wisconsin. Been there, it's great.

The last Shakey's Pizza I've ever seen was more than 20 years ago in Orland Park, IL - not far from where I live. Ate there ONCE, it was positively CRAPPY pizza! I didn't think it was possible to find something worse than Domino's pizza, but Shakey's was it!

48 posted on 07/21/2013 5:14:05 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Irenic
To: DallasBiff

I’m thinking that if you’re going to McDonalds for a meal, you’re not thinking about calories.

I have had some bad things happen in my life so at 5'10 131 lbs, I'm going for the calories! I'm up from 106.

49 posted on 07/21/2013 5:14:16 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: LostInBayport
Hand out leaflets? Bah. This would turn people off MickeyD's in a flash.

Wrong end of Moochelle. Put her big fat ass on the cup, wrapper, etc.. and McDonald's will be out of business in 30 days.

50 posted on 07/21/2013 5:15:55 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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