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Majority of British Columbians support making calorie counts mandatory: poll

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The poll found the majority of British Columbians support mandatory calorie counts

More than 8 in 10 people in B.C. would like to see calorie counts listed on local menus

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It seems most British Columbians want to see calorie counts listed on local menus.

A new poll from Research Co. finds more than eight in 10 people in B.C. would like a regulation brought in similar to one in Ontario making the information mandatory.

Mario Canseco with the pollster says the highest amount of support is among those aged 18 to 34.

“I think definitely it’s a generation that has grown, it has been exposed to data more often than Generation X or baby boomers,” he explains.

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However, people from older generations are also showing some support.

“There’s also a high level of support for Generation X and Baby Boomers at 79 per cent, so it’s definitely a situation where, especially now that we’re heading into the holiday season and everybody’s indulging a little bit more, they would like to see some of those calorie counts to make better decisions about what they want to eat.”

Canseco says more than four in 10 people in B.C. use activity trackers — and that number is even higher in Metro Vancouver.