Which is it: (A) Fast food restaurants are making an effort to provide healthier options for children, or (B) Children’s menu selections at fast food restaurants are sending kids to early graves?
It seems as if the answer is both — depending on the week, that is.
This week it appears as if fast food restaurants are fattening up our kids, like, a lot. The 2012 edition of the New York Times bestseller, Eat This, Not That!, is out, and it lists the restaurants with the most fattening options for kids – based on calorie counts, fat, sodium and added sugar. And boy, are there ever some whoppers out there.
Take a look at a list of some of the entrées being dished up to kids, along with the eye-popping calorie counts:
1. The Cheesecake Factory Kids Pasta with Alfredo Sauce (1,810 calories)
2. On the Border Kid’s Cheese Quesadilla with Mexican Rice (1,220 calories)
3. Outback Steakhouse Joey Spotted Dog Sundae (1,216 calories)
4. California Pizza Kitchen Kids Curly Mac n’ Cheese with Edamame (1,088 calories)
5. Friendly’s Dippin’ Chicken Salad (950 calories)
The editor of Men’s Health magazine and book’s author told the New York Daily News that most of these foods contain more calories than an adult needs, nevermind a kid (the average 8-year-old should be taking in about 1,600 calories a day, he said).
Of course many fast food restaurants are making an effort to help kids make healthier choices through the recently announced Kids LiveWell program, but what do you want to bet that more kids are still opting for French fries over orange slices?
For the rest of the list of calorie-heavy kid entrées, hop on over to the New York Daily News site. And be sure to brace your stomach (and your kids’) while reading it – because it might just make you sick otherwise.
Different side of the story: My kids eat fast food and they’re healthy!