The Worst Fast Food for Kids

Unhappy Kid's Meals

Earlier this month, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to ban fast food companies from offering meals with toys to kids, unless those dishes meet certain standards. The goal of this new policy is to limit the ability of fast food chains to market unhealthy meals to kids.  Whether or not you agree with this decision, one thing is clear: It will take much more than restricting toys to get kids to consume healthier fast food. A recent study of more than 3,000 fast food kids’ meals found that just 12 dishes met the most basic nutritional requirements for preschoolers, and only 15 were considered healthy for older kids. The rest of the meals served either had too much salt, sugar or calories, or all of the above. If that’s not bad enough, the study, which was conducted by Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, found that fast food companies have marketed their products more heavily toward children in recent years. The average preschooler viewed 21% more fast food TV ads last year than in 2003, while the number of ads seen by older children increased by 34% over that time. Even if you feel that children should be able to eat fast food meals, certain dishes are clearly much more unhealthy than others. The Rudd Center ranked the worst kids’ meal combinations offered by fast food companies based on nutritional factors like the total calories and sodium, as well as the amount of calories from saturated fats and sugars. Each of these combination meals includes a main dish, side dish, beverage and desert. You may want to think twice before letting your kids eat one of the dishes on this list, and for the love of humanity, don’t let them get seconds. Photo Credit: kellyhogaboom


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