Vending machines to display calories as part of Obamacare

Many vending machines would have calorie counts similar to this one under a new Obamacare ordinance. (Photo: CNN)

Many vending machines would have calorie counts similar to this one under a new Obamacare ordinance. (Photo: CNN)

We all know that moment – it’s the middle of the afternoon, your stomach is grumbling, and that vending machine full of snacks is calling your name. But what if the machine listed all the glorious calories loaded in those snacks?

Would that affect your decision?

Well, the hope is that it might.

Starting next year, about five million vending machines nationwide will be required to display calorie information as a part of Obamacare. The new rules reportedly apply to more than 10,000 vending machines companies nationwide that operate 20 or more machines.

The result will be similar to calorie count menus in restaurants; customers will see the calories next to their snack choice.

The FDA hopes this will help consumers go for alternatives and stick to their new year’s resolutions. But the program won’t be cheap, with early estimates showing the program will cost around $24 million per year.

However the, FDA points out that if just 0.2% of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories a week, it would save $24 million or more a year in annual health care costs.

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