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Put the Cookie Dough Blizzard down and back away

If the health care reform bill becomes law, all restaurant groups with at least 20 stores will have to post calorie counts alongside each menu item.

Will Dairy Queen customers notice that the large Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard weighs in at 1,470 calories (2M pdf file) - which is half the calories a moderately active young man burns in a day (pdf file) - and choose something lighter, like the large Banana Split Blizzard, at half the weight?

It's already happening in New York City, Philadelphia and in Seattle, where its 2009 arrival was greeted with shrugs.

Whether it helps Americans stay healthier will be a question for future research. Margo G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, echoed the reaction of many nutrition activists when she told the Wall Street Journal that, hey, it couldn't hurt.

"Dining out no longer has to be a nutritional guessing game," she said. "People could cut hundreds, thousands, of calories from their diet."

Jim's Steakout only has 10 locations, so the exact caloric price of the Bacon Cheeseburger Sub can remain shrouded in mystery. Maybe sometimes it's better not to know?

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