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Paterson: Post Caloric Counts Across State

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New York Governor David Paterson wants to fight obesity by echoing a city initiative, and requiring calories to be posted on chain restaurants' menus across the state. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson says he's not infringing on the rights of restaurants to sell food items like double cheeseburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, and carrot cake, but he says consumers should know how many calories they are ingesting when they eat those foods in order to make healthy choices.

PATERSON: New York, we estimate, spends $6.1 billion on health care because of obesity, the advent of diabetes and other related health illnesses.

REPORTER: Paterson says statistics show that New York City, where postings are already required, is estimated that the average fast food restaurant meal chosen by diners now contains 52 fewer calories. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.

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