Calorie Police: Legislating How Much We Eat

Calorie Police: Legislating How Much We Eat

From limiting sales of large sodas to requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus, lawmakers are trying to help Americans slim down and eat healthy. What it takes to modify behavior at the dinner table.

With an obesity epidemic sweeping the country, lawmakers are trying to help Americans slim down and eat healthy foods. New York City may ban sales of large sodas, and the national health care law will require calorie counts on some restaurant menus. But will those measures help? We explore what it takes to change human behavior and trim our consumption of food and drinks.

Guests

David Just

Professor of Economics and Director of the Center on Behavioral Economics and Child Nutrition Programs, Cornell University

Benjamin Caballero

Professor of Pediatrics and Nutrition at the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University

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