Table 3

The public's self-perceived caloric knowledge and views on usefulness of calorie posting in chain restaurants

Know enough about energy requirements to make lower calorie choices

Usefulness of calorie count to food choice at the point of purchase in chain restaurants

Likelihood of eating at chain restaurants with calorie information on the menu


Yes

No

Very useful

Somewhat useful

Not very useful

Not at all useful

More likely

Less likely

Neither


Total

56

44

44

32

6

18

51

20

29


Gender

Female

62

38

52

32

6

11

57

19

23

Male

51

49

36

32

6

26

45

21

34

P-value

0.026

0.001

0.028


Race

63

37

42

35

6

17

46

20

33

White

63

37

42

35

6

17

46

20

33

Black

38

62

49

26

4

21

56

29

15

Hispanic

40

60

53

21

5

21

61

17

22

P-value

< 0.001

0.200

0.010


Age, y

49

51

38

37

4

20

52

22

26

18-44

49

51

38

37

4

20

52

22

26

45-64

63

37

50

29

6

15

52

19

30

65+

61

39

46

24

10

20

46

19

35

P-value

0.010

0.031

0.502


Education

39

61

47

25

2

26

48

27

25

Less than high school

39

61

47

25

2

26

48

27

25

High school diploma

44

56

39

36

7

19

53

19

29

More than high school

68

32

46

31

6

17

51

19

30

P-value

< 0.001

0.421

0.781


BMI category

58

42

43

30

6

21

58

19

23

Healthy weight

58

42

43

30

6

21

58

19

23

Overweight

53

47

40

37

6

17

42

25

33

Obese

57

43

51

27

4

18

52

17

32

P-value

0.704

0.559

0.060


Notes: Numbers may not add up to 100% because of rounding. Data are weighted to be representative of the national population. P-values for chi-squared tests were calculated among demographic and bodyweight categories. Sample sizes vary across categories because of missing data.

Bleich and Pollack BMC Public Health 2010 10:121   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-121

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