Video: Why Should Movie Theaters Be Exempt From Calorie Labeling?

There are approximately 1,200 calories in medium-size popcorn at Regal Cinemas, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. And that’s without the added butter.

Twelve-hundred calories is about what I eat in an entire day. So why, asks this video posted by CSPI, should movie theaters in most states remain exempt from new rules requiring that food sold to the public include calorie counts? The group asks that viewers write to President Obama and “urge him to strengthen the final menu labeling regulations to include movie theaters.” (You’d think Michelle Obama would be interested in this issue too, with her telling kids “Let’s Move” and all.)

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  • Johnjfink

    The reason they should be listed is because if AMC, Regal and others have this information they should disclose it. Disclosing it on the menu board prevents an idiot manager or kid at the concession stand from NOT disclosing this information simply because they are too lazy to look it up in materials they’ve been provided by corporate.

  • Sam

    Let’s be realistic folks, unlike restaurants, concession snacks are not sold as individual servings.  A medium popcorn is something a couple or family can purchase to share.  Instead of 1200 calories a family of four would only each receive 300 calories.  I think that’s acceptable for a night out.  And other concession snacks fall into this too, who hasn’t found themselves diving up the candy selection amongst the family.  The fact that snacks are sold at a premium severs as enough deterrent from over consumption.  I am not 100% against asking theaters to label calories but I do realize that labeling rules may need to be different for shared product that is not as easy to define as for an individual serving.  I am not sure the current legislation accounts for this.