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Table 2 Food choice intentions and response to calorie information by self-perception of weight

From: Associations between self-perception of weight, food choice intentions, and consumer response to calorie information: a retrospective investigation of public health center clients in Los Angeles County before the implementation of menu-labeling regulation

  Totala Desired weight same as current weight Desired weight less than current weight Desired weight greater than current weight
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Would use calorie information to order foods and drinks with
Same or more calories 121 (19) 42 (25) 47 (14) 32 (41)
Fewer calories 393 (62) 101 (60) 261 (77) 31 (39)
Think calorie information should be posted
 Yes 504 (79) 140 (83) 298 (87) 66 (84)
 No 82 (13) 27 (16) 43 (13) 12 (15)
Important to have calorie information listed on food items in grocery stores
 Very important 282 (44) 80 (48) 169 (50) 33 (42)
 Important 160 (25) 44 (26) 99 (29) 17 (22)
 Somewhat important 102 (16) 29 (17) 57 (17) 16 (20)
 Not important at all 40 (06) 15 (09) 13 (04) 12 (15)
Important to have calorie information listed on meal menus in fast-food and chain restaurants
 Very important 270 (42) 63 (38) 174 (51) 33 (42)
 Important 183 (29) 57 (34) 103 (30) 23 (29)
 Somewhat important 95 (15) 33 (20) 49 (14) 13 (16)
 Not important at all 37 (06) 14 (8) 13 (4) 10 (13)
Look at calorie information on food packages sold in grocery stores
 Always 80 (13) 29 (17) 45 (13) 6 (08)
 Most of the time 121 (19) 35 (21) 73 (21) 13 (16)
 Sometimes 187 (29) 50 (30) 114 (33) 23 (29)
 Rarely 102 (16) 28 (17) 56 (16) 18 (23)
 Never 95 (15) 25 (15) 52 (15) 18 (23)