If you knew that a McDonald’s Big Mac contained 550 calories, would you eat it? What if you knew that it required 5.5 miles of walking in order to burn off? Chapel Hill School of Medicine at University of North Carolina thinks you’d be more likely to answer “no” to the latter question. Their recent study found that consumers were less likely to eat food that including walking distance necessary to burn calories on the nutrition label than just calorie count.
I mapped out the distance necessary to burn off a 330 calorie hamburger from the Commons based on a 160 pound person burning 100 calories per mile (it’s 3.3 miles).
It takes 4.3 miles to burn off a Caffe Vanilla Frappucino from Starbucks at 430 calories
1 Oreo cookie at 80 calories is .8 miles