Tandon noted that a growing number of local and state governments have adopted restaurant menu labeling regulations, and legislation for federal labeling standards has been introduced in both the House and the Senate.
"At a time when menu labeling is being discussed throughout country at the national level, I think these results support the idea that an informed parent will be able to make smarter healthier choices for their child," he added.
The study was limited because it was not conducted in a real restaurant setting. Food choices are made within social and environmental contexts, Tandon said, and the results of a mock menu survey in a clinic may not fully represent that reality. He added that a randomized experiment in a real restaurant setting would be an ideal follow-up.