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More Photoshop Issues: Wendy's Menu?

More Photoshop Issues: Wendy's Menu?

Photoshop gets a lot of people into trouble these days. Typically we see images being photoshopped in magazines like the Faith Hill cover of Redbook, however this is a photoshop problem of something different: A Wendy's menu.

The battle goes on whether New York City can force certain restaurants to post calorie content on their menu boards. In the midst of it all, it is being reported that the Center for Science in the Public Interest created a fake Wendy’s menu (above, click image to zoom) and sent it to the court to display that it is actually possible to include the caloric information without totally confusing the customer, which was Wendy's reasoning for not displaying the calorie info in the first place.

Personally, I think Wendy's has been being sneaky about the whole thing since the beginning. To Wendy's I say: Thanks for thinking we, the consumer, are so utterly clueless that we won't be able to decipher such a complicated menu that has prices and calories, but let me be the judge of what I can and can't handle. When people start asking if the regular burger is 280 dollars or calories, then you may have a valid case argument.

What do you guys think — Was the CSPI playing dirty or proving a good point? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


greeneydmonster greeneydmonster 10 years
this is a great idea! just the other day i was going to splurge on my favorite mcdonals desert, the baked applie pie. then i decided to look at the nutrition facts online. the pie has 5g of trans fat!!! i immediately vowed no more of those pies and i am going to try to do this everytime i want fast food. at the very least this would keep people from biggie sizing so much
kimbit kimbit 10 years
I think it is important to have the calorie count so that consumers can make informed decisions on what they are putting into their bodies. Also, some items may seem healthy, like some of the salads, but then when you find out with dressing etc, they probably are one of the worse choices, it is it very enlightening. People will still eat fast food, I don't think it would slow down the business at all. Typically people who eat fast food don't really care about what they are eating health wise. They should also have total calories from fat listed too in my opinion and sodium. With the amount of fast food available, is it any wonder that so many children are obese? Maybe if the parents saw what they are feeding thier kids, they would reconsider buying it so often and make it an occasional 'treat'. Snacks in the grocery store have to have calories/nutrition info on them, so should all food.
monica117 monica117 10 years
I love it! Wendy's don't want to do it because they're afraid the true will slow business!
mellie_608 mellie_608 10 years
In case you don't want to click: 500 calories, 17 grams of fat. Feel like drinking your Jr. Bacon Cheesburger and coke? Serving Size 24 fl. oz. Amt Per Serving Calories 500 Fat Calories 150 Total Fat (g) 17 Saturated Fat (g) 10 Trans Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 60 Sodium (mg) 330 Total Carbohydrates (g) 82 Fiber (g) 1 Sugars (g) 67 Protein (g) 9 Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 25% Iron 10% Caffeine (mg) 165
mellie_608 mellie_608 10 years
I see both sides. However, Check to see how many calories and how much fat is in your Venti Mocha Frappucchino w/ whipped cream and another point should be taken into account. I really don't see anyone saying that companies like Starbucks need nutrition info on their boards? I feel like we're targeting fast food chains because they are the likely choice. Of course their food is bad for you, that's obvious, but bad food is also at your local coffee shop, favorite restaurant (even the healthy ones have portions that are too big), and grocery store. Unless you cook and prepare 100% of the food you intake, and purchase it from local trusted growers, we have no idea what we may be putting into our bodies. Just looking at all the food recalls lately gives me more to worry about than just fat and calories, but food origins too!
misstsapinay misstsapinay 10 years
I agree with NDHebert...I'm vegeterian. No cravings for fast food here :) I do like the veggie delite at Subway though.
ailene ailene 10 years
I think CSPI made a good point. I would think twice about what I ate if I knew the calorie content...
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
Kudos to CSPI and sticking it to Wendys. People need to learn how to make more informed and healthful food choices and I think this will really help.
syako syako 10 years
It's not that you need to memorize it. No one is saying that. But having a rough estimate in your head is not hard either. Remembering that a medium fry at any of these places has 350-400 calories and that a normal hamburger is usually around 250-300 calories. Just know an estimate of the things you order in general, it's not that difficult.
Tamma1387 Tamma1387 10 years
When Wendy's said they didn't think they were trying to underestimate the intelligence of their customers individually. I worked at a local Dairy Queen for more than two years and you might be suprised at how many people don't know the difference between a hamburger and a cheeseburger (yes, I got the old "I want a cheeseburger without the cheese" bit countless times and had numerous people actually argued with me about the sandwiches, one lady screamed at me!). It took twice as long to describe what was on the menu and how much it was than to actually simply take an order. Imagine how much time it would take to explain a menu that some people already don't understand? As individuals, we are not stupid and mostly capable of understanding a simple menu board. However, consumers as a whole tend to be demanding, rude, and incapable of understanding the simplest things. Brochures would be less time consuming, easier to read, and keep the next customer(and possibly current) in line happy. I don't think they would lose business over the calories displayed, but on the reduced amount of customer service. Not to mention the next time I go to Wendy's, I don't want to wait 10 minutes for the person in front of me who needs everything on the menu explained to them.
number6_ed number6_ed 10 years
I think it's a great idea that ALL fast food places should do. That way, if I'm out and about with friends for example, and they want to head to a fast food place for a quick lunch, I won't have to search for a printed copy of the nutritional information while I'm there (which btw some places don't even have available) because it's already right there on the board. Whenever I get fast food, it's usually spur the moment and when I'm pressed for time. I don't have the time to go home and look it up online before I go get food, and I certainly am not going to try and memorize it either.
miss-beca miss-beca 10 years
providing access to nutritional info is a great idea. the way NYC is going about it is NOT. basically, if the restaraunt does not provide the nutritional info in a government-approved format, they are not allowed to provide it at all. no website. no pamphlet. no calorie listing on the napkins (like at subway). no sign in the store. NOTHING. so a lot of places in the city have just decided that rather than deal with the sign board thing, they are just not going to provide any nutritional info at all (especially places with changing menus or a lot of menu options, where they would be happy to print it up in a booklet or put it on a website, but again, not allowed!). well done, NYC! *insert eye roll*
olliecat olliecat 10 years
I don't think any restaurant should be forced to post the caloric content on a board -- but they should have the information available on 1/their web site 2/print outs that people can request and review while at the restaurant. (e.g. if you ask for the # of calories at Starbucks, they pull out a notebook with the info in it!).
seimosiev seimosiev 10 years
The nutritional information for many fast-food restaurants can be found on the internet. While I think it is a good idea to post the calorie count on the menu, I don't need it because if I want to eat something healthy at a fast-food restaurant, I look up the nutritional information for that place and choose what I am going to have before I go there. It is not the goverment's concern to regulate the trans-fats that go into food, nor the way a company advertises their food. Common sense says fast-food is generally not good for you, but you choose to eat it anyway. We can't save people from themselves. My boyfriend loves fast-food places specifically because he gets bad-for-you food there. I don't think it will matter one way or the other if they put the calorie counts on display. People will eat what they want, no matter the cost on their wallet or body.
spacebear spacebear 10 years
i'd probably lose 5 pounds immediately if every restaurant did this! it would be good for me, not for their business!
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
agreed magita!
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
to be honest... i think this idea is rediculous...IT'S FAST FOOD...come any of it is really going to be "good" for you.... hmm i think i'll be healthier and get the jr whopper that has 24789573 caloies as opposed to the whopper which is 7235989537 calories...and that way i won't have to run on the treadmill for an extra 15 min. sorry i think this is kinda dumb... i know i was saying bk and not anything wendy's related but you get what i'm saying ;)
magita magita 10 years
I think this is ridiculous...people need to take responsibility for their actions...noone ever forced a bacon double cheeseburger down anyone's throat. Its hypocritical to only require fast-food restaurants to post their nutritional information, when there's tons of unhealthy food elsewhere. As a consumer you should have a basic concept of what is healthy and what is not. A burger and fries is not evil if consumed in moderation. I'm all for restaurants publicly disclosing nutritional information to the public. I wish every fast food restaurant had a flier that they could give interested customers. But for the city to make it mandatory to post it on the menu boards? Yuck. Besides, stuff like fat, protein, carbs, fiber, etc. are important in making an informed choice. Calories alone won't cut it.
NdHebert NdHebert 10 years
I'm so happy I went Vegetarian.
syako syako 10 years
and it's not hard to find.
syako syako 10 years
Why is it mute? It's not 1999. A lot of people use this crazy thing called the Internet.
MuffinGal MuffinGal 10 years
It's hard to locate nutrition content, especially in fast food restaurants. I also think having nutrition content and caloric value online is a mute point. Most people don't think to visit those site for that information. It should be made available in stores without getting a blank stare when you ask the cashier. I think the CSPI made a good point.
syako syako 10 years
by the way, if you've tried to find Cold stone's nutrition content on their website, you can't find it anymore. They took it down so that they wouldn't have to change their menu boards - talk about an ADVERSE effect!!!
syako syako 10 years
Whether or not you're confused is not the issue here. The issue is that it unfairly targets restaurants who have already publicly published their nutrition content. It targets those who are already doing things to inform consumers (like have it on their Website and at the store in a brochure by the counter). While those restaurant who do not make their information public get to sit back and laugh at all the numbers on everyone else's boards. To be honest - I'm near sighted and if I don't have my glasses on or if I'm not right by the board it's hard to read menu boards that have small font and a lot of information. So yes, it would be difficult to decipher a menu board with too much information on it.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
When I decide to have fast food, I'd rather not know all the details about it. Sometimes when I'm with someone, and they are going to get food from somewhere, we'll either look up the nutrition details online, or from one of the little information pages that are available from most fast food places, and then make a decision as to what we want. I have no desire to wait in line or in a drive thru line behind people that are trying to make their decision based on calories. It's just going to make ordering and getting food a lot slower for everyone behind them. I say be prepared before you get in line to order. If you really do care about things like this, you shouldn't have to rely on the fast food place to tell you on their signs, as the information is readily available to you in other ways.
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