Calories in some chain restaurant meals going down

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many chain restaurants are introducing menu items that contain about 60 fewer calories than they used to. New research from Johns Hopkins University suggests that if people reduced their calories by just that much when they dined out, it could have a real impact on the country’s obesity epidemic.

But is it the responsibility of restaurants to make food more healthy, or should consumers be paying more attention to what they put in their bodies? 22News took that question to people here in western Massachusetts on Thursday. Voveo Gladun of Agawam said that the responsibility belongs to the consumer.

“You own your own body. You make the decision of what to put in. The restaurant just provides it to you; they’re not there to make your decision,” Gladun said.

Restaurants will likely make it easier for customers to decide for themselves, however. New government rules are expected to make them post calorie counts on their menus.

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