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Some 'kids' meals' pack whole day's serving of calories (Health)

posted by bibleprobe1(R), 08.04.2008

Some 'kids' meals' pack whole day's serving of calories

By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY
The first comprehensive report on kids' meals at popular fast-food and chain restaurants finds the servings are far too high in calories for a single meal.
In fact, some of meals contain more 1,000 calories, which is almost as many calories as some elementary-school children need for the entire day, according to the analysis from Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer group.

The report shows, for instance, that:

Chili's country-fried chicken crispers, cinnamon apples and chocolate milk has 1,020 calories.

KFC's popcorn chicken, baked beans, biscuit, Teddy Grahams and fruit punch, has 940 calories.

Sonic's Wacky Pack with grilled cheese, fries and a slushie, has 830 calories.

Overall, the findings reveal that 93% of the kids' meals at McDonald's and Wendy's contain more than 430 calories, the average number of calories that children ages 4 to 8 should get at a single meal. The comparable numbers are 92% at Burger King; 89% at Dairy Queen; 69% at Arby's; 60% at Denny's. The latter's kids' meals don't include drinks.

FTC: Food ads specifically target kids

On the healthful side, about 67% of the kids' meals at Subway have fewer than 430 calories.

"When you go to most chain restaurants, ordering off the kids' menu is a nightmare," says Margo Wootan, nutrition policy director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the mother of a 10-year-old daughter.

Finish reading this at: USAtoday


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