Surprise! Teens Either Don’t Know or Don’t Care How Many Calories Are in Fast Food

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A new study conducted by Harvard Medical School found that people are largely unaware of the amount of calories in fast food and teens are the most clueless. It's not shocking news that high-school kids think they're eating a 497-calorie meal when it's actually 756, and that Subway is the most deceiving chain. But if caloric information is more readily available, will young people actually give a shit? Should they? Even if teens are aware that McDonald's Egg-White McMuffin is 250 calories, that doesn't mean it's actually healthy (it's got high-fructose corn syrup and tons of preservatives). Once they're inside fast-food franchises, kids are going to go crazy regardless of calorie counts. The real issue is getting them to not go into these places at all. [Earlier, CBS]