RPT-Delayed calorie disclosure rule takes effect for U.S. food sellers

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By Lisa Baertlein

May 7 (Reuters) – Many restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and movie theaters across the United States are required starting on Monday to clearly display food calorie counts as part of a push to trim expanding American waistlines and control healthcare costs.

Almost 37 percent of U.S. adults are obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity raises the risk of preventable, life-threatening illnesses – including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer – and is responsible for billions of dollars in annual healthcare costs.

Americans consume one-t…
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