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

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A woman eats lunch on the patio of the Chick-fil-A in Hollywood, California, August 1, 2012. Thousands of Americans turned out Wednesday to feast on fried chicken in a politically-charged show of support for a family owned fast-food chain which opposes same-sex marriage. Long lines and traffic jams were reported throughout the American heartland after 630,000 people declared on Facebook they would take part in a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
What'd you expect? Photo: ROBYN BECK/2012 AFP

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]