Kids' Meals Packed with Calories

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Burger King ‘Big Kids’ meal with a double cheeseburger, fries and chocolate milk…910 calories. That’s twice as much as health experts recommend kids eat in one meal.

And, it’s a similar situation at many fast food chains according to the new study.

Goldstein: “I was quite frankly startled to see that 93 percent of kids’ meals have too many calories.” 
That’s Harold Goldstein with the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. The group did the national study along with the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. They looked at thirteen chain restaurants including McDonald’s and Taco Bell. Subway fared the best with only a third of its meals exceeding the calorie recommendation. But the study shows kids get twice as many calories when they eat out than when they eat at home.

The California Restaurant Association says it’s trying to provide healthier options like fresh fruits and veggies.