A protester holds this sign at a rally against trans...

A protester holds this sign at a rally against trans fats in 2006. (Getty) Credit: A protester holds this sign at a rally against trans fats in 2006. (Getty)

A study released Tuesday said that the mayor's trans fat ban has made New Yorkers healthier and the entire nation should follow his lead.

Researchers found that between 2007 and 2009 New Yorkers consumed an average of 2.4 grams less of trans fats.

The report, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was based on a five-year study into the city's eating habits at more than 160 fast food restaurants.

Christine Curtis, director of Nutrition Strategy for the city's Department of Health, which co-authored the report, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban has not only made eateries offer healthier menus, it has inspired people to be more conscious of what they eat.

"This is great news for New Yorkers: restaurant food has less trans fat and everyone benefits," she said in a statement.

The report added that the federal government should consider following New York's lead and place restrictions on trans fat.

Maria Moriarty, a nutritionist from Queens, agreed with the report's findings and said she has seen a change in New Yorkers eating habits.

"I hear it from patients. They are more attuned to reading labels and they are happy when they see no transfatty acids," she said.

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