FDA Excludes Movie Theaters From Calorie Counting

April 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm 8 comments

If you’ve been following the drama…I mean news…surrounding the idea of forcing restaurants to post calorie counts next to their menus you’ve watched it go from San Francisco where it the idea was coupled with getting rid of kids toys in meals that fail to meet certain dietary conditions. You’ve watched as major restaurant chains (did someone mention McDonald’s????) have opposed any possible legislation that would require them to give calorie counts claiming that people already have access to the information and that it’s a personal choice. Well, more recently the FDA has picked up on this idea and near the end of March this year they have proposed rules that would require restaurants and fast food chains to post calorie information directly on their menus. This idea has of course, met with opposition, but one voice of opposition is missing, and that’s because their not included in the rules.

According to the proposed rules movie theaters would be exempt from having to give calorie counts on their menus. The New York Times picked up on this story on and reported that an advocacy group has produced reports detailing exactly how many calories we’re getting in each jumbo size tub of delicious theater popcorn. According to some reports a large tub with butter (because it’s really not worth it without the butter) can contain as many as 1,500 calories. Add a large soda for at 500 calories a pop (pun intended) and you’re already at most individuals daily guideline of 2,000 calories a day!

This may not seem like a big deal, because while some people eat out at a fast food restaurant daily, very few if any of us go to the theater every day, or even every other day, but I think this an important issue. If we are going to require that something like calorie counts be given to help individuals make healthier choices, shouldn’t that rule extend to any place that offers food for public consumption? If we’re deciding that we have a right to know how many calories are in our burgers, shouldn’t we have the right to know what we’re getting at the movie theater too? Weigh in America, what do you think? Is it okay to exclude movie theaters, or should they be required to give the public information just like any other food establishment?


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jackie Larson  |  April 7, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Im glad I dont like pop.

  • 2. emilymclane1  |  April 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    That cartoon is perfect. I love the popcorn at the movies! I agree, every public place should post the information (movies, sporting events, concerts, etc.). It would increase awareness of what nutrition is and empower people, even if the information doesn’t effect their decision.

  • 3. dalynnbrown  |  April 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    That calorie count is amazing! You could seriously eat at the movie theater once in a day and not eat anything else the entire day and have the correct amount of calories for the day. However, you would lacking protein, and carbs. You would not be full and you would be lacking major energy.

  • 4. mthomas8  |  April 8, 2011 at 7:14 am

    It sure is crazy the amount of calories are in a tub of popcorn…and how many of us can eat a tub of popcorn within the length of a movie.

  • 5. amyfrandsen  |  April 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    People take in SO many calories at the movies! I dont agree with this legislation.

  • 6. Tausha Hanzel  |  April 9, 2011 at 1:24 am

    It doesn’t hurt to post calories. Most people will still eat it anyway. And why would movie theaters be exempt from posting calories? Very interesting

  • 7. cameronrice  |  April 10, 2011 at 3:41 am

    That is disturbing.

  • 8. jessicawithers  |  April 12, 2011 at 6:17 am

    This is crazy! Movie Theater concessions are so unhealthy for you, it would definitely help if the nutrition facts for those foods were available.


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