Tell Us: Does McDonald's Calorie Announcement Change Your Mind?

McDonald's began posting calorie information this past Monday.

Most of the questions we've asked readers in the towns we cover have revolved around political issues in the past few weeks.

So, to shift gears, this week we're looking at a topic that asks the question - is ignorance bliss?

The reason for the question relates to a recent announcement by McDonald's restaurants, in the U.S., which have have moved towards a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain's burgers and fries, according to the Huffington Post.

The world's biggest hamburger chain said recently that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting this past Monday.

The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require major chains to post the information as early as next year.

"We want to voluntarily do this," said Jan Fields, president of McDonald's USA. "We believe it will help educate customers."

So we want to know: Will the calorie content postings change what you order? Will it make you more likely to stop at McDonalds?

Janet Sandborg Locke September 22, 2012 at 02:04 PM
actually i had a craving for a shake the other day & i drove up & saw that a shake was 700 calories! soooo.... i got an iced coffee instead!
Linda Anderson September 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM
No, because I'm vegan.
Rob Mitchell September 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I was at the airport the other day and hungry. I wanted a Subway 6" sandwich but the line was so long and my flight was leaving soon. So I looked around and saw McDonald's. Even though the line was shorter and I had a feeling it would move quickly, I then saw the calorie counts for McDonald's products and looked for the lowest ones that I "might" risk but then decided to just move on to a little store for a water bottle and green apple. Faster, cheaper, less calories (no doubt). I hate buying bottled water but I didn't have much of choice at that point.
Gretchen Robinson September 22, 2012 at 06:23 PM
MacDonald's food is disgusting. If you're on Pleasant Street, go diagonally across the street from the MDs there and visit Aleco Deli. Fresh, individually made sandwiches and not machine made and robot delivered.
Kathy September 23, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Not at all, when I go to McDonald's or any other fast food place I know that its not the healthiest thing to eat. Seeing the calories only confirms what I already knew.
deb of see-attleboro September 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I commend Mcdonald's for stepping up to the plate. Now, if they could only lead the way by shutting down the drive thru.......;)
deb of see-attleboro September 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Do they display nutrition and calorie counts?
Tino Volpe November 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM
To answer the actual question. Absolutely. I love it when the eateries post calorie counts because it forces me to pay attention to what I'm eating. Bottom line is that for healthy eating nothing ever beats cooking your own food and eating at home, period! Large part of this countries weight problem is that people eat out more and more where the food is loaded with salt and fat (because that is what tastes good) and portions are huge (percieved value for your money)
Petra Zahn Swenson November 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Seriously? who DOESN"T know already that McDonalds' food is fattening? That said, I also think it is quite delicious. Sorry, I do. And for those of us who are in control of what we eat, it can be a treat that we only indulge in occasionally. and on those occasions, i really don't want to think about the calories and fat I'm eating. This information is already available at McD's, I'm pretty sure, if you just look for it. So let the people who want this information get it that way, and please don't stick it in my face right on the menu. I'm goin' to Wendy's.
Fiscal Conservative November 30, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I drank water out of a garden hose, slept in a crib with lead paint, rode a bike with no helmet, climbed trees, played outside with no adult supervision, worked with asbestos, broke bones, skated on ponds & fell through many times. I'm so bloody old, with so much crap running through my veins, i'll eat what I want, when I want. Too heck with govt regulations. My Medicare won't be covering anything much longer anyway. Just check with the President's chief medical advisor (Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel) to see what healthcare will be like if he gets what he wants. Off to Mickey D's for a Big Mac, Large Fries and a Large Shake. May to that tonight also. Wonder when Michelle will come to my house to lecture me on proper diet as she chomps away on the burgers we provide for her on our dime?
Daniel F. Devine November 30, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Bottled water is FREE on Jet Blue
Petra Zahn Swenson November 30, 2012 at 03:21 PM
This conversation is making me hungry.....
Fred Civian November 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM
But look what all those childhood activities did to your critical thinking skills :-)
Indiana November 30, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Michelle loves McDonald french fries...what a legacy she is building!
Fiscal Conservative November 30, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Those of us who can remember "Leons" where Wendy's is now located can remember the great burgers, Fries, Clams, etc. Then we'd go to "Cal's where Town Spa is now, for Ice cream & watch Square Dancing. One end of town to the other. Most of us kids were skinny as heck. Why? We'd run, walk, bike or whatever to get to these places. 90% of the kids were so active back in the 50's parents couldn't put weight on us. Once in high school, the Football team often had the lightest players on the field. Some linemen were only in the 180's. Times have changed, kids have regulations on everything they do now. Thank God we didn't. It's too bad that the culture has changed, for the worse, that kids can no longer be kids, doing for themselves. Everything has to be organized by "adults". Everyone has to have the best, everything has to be equal. That's BS. Let kids be kids, run around, get sweaty, break a bone or two, like every other generation had done. Kids no longer know how to play for the sake of play. If allowed to burn off excess energy, weight issues may go away, to a point. Freedom is something we are keeping from today's youth. They are growing up with no freedoms. Everything is regulated or controlled in their daily lives. Now we're adding "calorie counting" at age 5 or whatever. School used to be fun at recess. Now when temps get too low for teachers, the kids are stuck inside accumulating fat instead of running it off, as they should. Play hard, eat plenty!!!
Ken B. December 01, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I can remember when Mickey D's was a burger, shake & fries for under a $Buck ! Perhaps Gretchen could regurgitate something about Belgian endive ?


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