An observational study of consumer use of fast-food restaurant drive-through lanes: implications for menu labelling policy.

Auteur(s) :
Bragg MA., Roberto CA., Hoffnagle EE.
Date :
Nov, 2010
Source(s) :
PUBLIC HEALTH NUTR. #13:11 p1826-8
Adresse :
Department of Psychology, The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University, PO Box 208369, New Haven, CT 06511, USA.

Sommaire de l'article

OBJECTIVE: Some versions of restaurant menu labelling legislation do not require energy information to be posted on menus for drive-through lanes. The present study was designed to quantify the number of customers who purchase fast food through drive-in windows as a means of informing legislative labelling efforts.

DESIGN: This was an observational study.

SETTING: The study took place at two McDonald's and Burger King restaurants, and single Dairy Queen, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Wendy's restaurants.

SUBJECTS: The number of customers entering the chain restaurants and purchasing food via the drive-through lane were recorded. A total of 3549 patrons were observed.

RESULTS: The percentage of customers who made their purchases at drive-throughs was fifty-seven. The overall average (57 %) is likely a conservative estimate because some fast-food restaurants have late-night hours when only the drive-throughs are open.

CONCLUSIONS: Since nearly six in ten customers purchase food via the drive-through lanes, menu labelling legislation should mandate the inclusion of menu labels on drive-through menu boards to maximise the impact of this public health intervention.

Source : Pubmed