A Nevada lawmaker wants more restaurants to post calories on every menu in an effort to keep consumers informed about what they eat.
Assembly Bill 126 would require food establishments with 10 or more locations in Nevada to post calorie counts. Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, is spearheading the bill.
"This is a way to be proactive and to deal with the preventative side, as opposed to being reactive when we're dealing with the issue of obesity-related health problems," Flores said by telephone from Carson City.
You don't have to look hard to find that people in southern Nevada enjoy fast food.
"America is just so overweight," said Mauricio Criales as he walked out of an area McDonald's restaurant.
McDonald's is one of a handful of chain restaurants that offer calorie information on menus. Some chains have had to adapt to similar laws in other states, like California.
The bill has met with opposition - primarily from the Nevada Restaurant Association. Federal lawmakers, meanwhile, are currently working on calorie count requirements for restaurants nationwide.
"Is it part of our lifestyle and who we are? Yes," said Crystal Petrello, a registered dietician who operates Crystal Clear Wellness and Nutrition in Las Vegas.
Petrello welcomes the idea, but doesn't think passage of the bill would be the answer to obesity.
"It's really not going to prevent anyone from eating the fast food - more junk food - the higher calorie foods," she said.
Some customers admit it won't always affect their decision.
"I don't really look at it because I know what I'm going to have," said Beverly Bennett. Her husband, Walter, agreed: "Oh yeah. I'll get it if I like it."
A.B. 126 has already been heard in Carson City, but hasn't gone up for a vote. Last month, Assemblyman Harvey Munford, D-Las Vegas, proposed a bill that would add a 5-cent tax on any item that has more than 500 calories.
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