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The Public Health Implications of Fast-Food Menu Labeling


Popkin, Barry M. (2012). The Public Health Implications of Fast-Food Menu Labeling. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 43(5), 569-570.


Excessive fast-food intake and the entire fast-food industry have been the source of strong criticism for pricing policies that enhance the purchases of large portion sizes; promotion of unhealthful foods high in sodium, saturated fats, and calories and depleted of many important minerals and vitamins; and seductive marketing that brings young children into fast-food–dependent diets at an early age. Indeed, cultural anthropologists studying the impact of McDonald’s introduction into Asia note the profound effects of fast-food company practices and policies on the entire culture of eating. The word fast food is viewed with such disdain in some articles and websites that objective analysis of the fast-food sector, its dynamics, and its roles in the diet of Americans and nations across the world is diffi


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American Journal of Preventive Medicine


Popkin, Barry M.