Worst Fast-food Meals For Kids

Published: June 15, 2012

Worst Fast-food Meals For Kids, One chain’s offering still packs 570 calories despite a seemingly healthy main course. Calling them contributors to the childhood obesity epidemic, a non-profit advocacy group made up of nutritionists and physicians has named the five worst “healthy” fast-food meals for kids — and some longtime favorites are on the list.

For the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) study, dietitians took a look at the calories, fat, sodium, sugar, and cholesterol content using data from the fast-food restaurants’ websites. They focused on many of the 53 large and small chain restaurants that participate in Kids Live Well, a program aimed at increasing the “healthful” options on their menus. (McDonald’s ubiquitous Happy Meal was also included in the study, even though the chain isn’t part of the Live Well campaign.)

“Frankly, passing off these meals as ‘healthy’ ought to be a crime at a time when 16.9 million American children and adolescents are obese,” PCRM president Dr. Neal Barnard wrote in a blog post this week. “The focus on junk food targeted to kids is important, given how miserably the fast-food industry has failed to live up to its promise of self-regulation.”

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