Should Movie Theaters Post Calorie Counts at Concession Stands?

Should Movie Theaters Post Calorie Counts at Concession Stands?

Apr 06, 2011

When you go to the movies and order that extra large popcorn with do-it-yourself-butter, plus an extra large coke and a package of M&Ms thrown in for the hell of it, I bet the first thing on your mind is, "Gee, I wonder how many calories this adds up to?" Am I right?

The FDA would love that to be on your mind, and recently they pushed for movie theaters to be forced to display nutritional information on all the food they sell. The current law states that if you're a chain restaurant that serves food in over 20 locations, you have to display nutritional information for all items on your menu (hence the reason why a nice juicy burger at TGI Fridays now comes with a hefty side of guilt next to those fries). Movie theater chains, however, fought hard to not have to display nutritional information on their concession items because a) they make most of their money on concessions, and something like that could really hurt business; and b) it's their argument that, unlike a restaurant, the primary reason for going to a movie theater is to see a movie, not eat dinner.

The verdict?

Movie theaters have won this round, with the FDA tweaking their rules so that the only ones required to display nutritional information are those who primary objective is selling food. I say ... right on! Look, anyone who's going to the movies and throwing down an absurd amount of cash for a large tub of buttery popcorn is perfectly aware of the fact that this ain't the best thing for them, but it's just something we all do when we go to the movies. Do we really need to have a big sign screaming 1,700 calories? Is that necessary? I mean, we already have enough signs selling us on the latest Adam Sandler movie -- how about we not torture moviegoers anymore than we already do?

Categories: WTF, Hollywood!?
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