The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says fast-food chains continue to market unhealthy meals for children, including McDonald’s Mighty Kids Meal with a whopping 840 calories, 37 grams of fat, and about as much sodium as a child should consume in an entire day. Burger King, KFC, Wendy’s and A&W aren’t far behind.
“All five of these worst fast-food kids meals are high in fat, cholesterol, and sodium. None would meet the nutritional standards for healthful children’s lunches set forward last year by the prestigious Institute of Medicine. Fast-food kids meals are heavily marketed: Children now see more fast-food ads on television than ever before, according to a recent University of Illinois study.
‘Kids shouldn’t have to dodge cholesterol bombs packaged in colorful, toy-filled boxes,’ says PCRM nutrition education director Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. ‘We’re losing the war against childhood obesity, but fast-food chains are still making obscene profits by targeting children with high-fat meals.’
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