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Fast Food Chains Giving Kids Healthy Options

Written on July 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm , by

Now you can go to the drive-thru without a guilty conscience. (Photo courtesy of Peter Ardito)

I remember being a little girl counting down the days to Friday, when my dad would pick me up to stay with him for the weekend. Yes, it was great spending time with Dad, but the real excitement came from getting the chance to hit the Wendy’s drive-thru for dinner, something Mom would never allow (with good reason).

Sure, the occasional splurge is fine (yes Michelle Obama, you are allowed to have Shake Shack once in awhile), but with the increasing rate of childhood obesity, it’s clear that some serious action needs to be taken with menu options.

That’s why it’s great to see that 19 fast food chains, including Burger King, Friendly’s, and more, are taking a proactive approach, pledging to offer more healthy options for kids’ meals.

According to this article, Burger King will swap fries and a soda in its kids’ meals with milk and sliced apples, with other chains are taking a similar approach as part of the Kids LiveWell campaign.  Any restaurant that participates in the campaign must offer one kids’ meal under 600 calories, no soft drinks, and at least two items that are either a fruit, vegetable, whole grain, lean protein, or low-fat dairy.

One small step for the food industry, but hopefully a big step towards lowering the childhood obesity rates. Besides, if there’s a toy involved, do you think they’ll notice that their fries have been swapped for an apple?

Now tell us: What else should we be doing to help lower childhood obesity?

  • Liz

    I think adults need to get their heads out of the sand. I’m a teacher and I try to teach children (and their parents) that children should be eating less pre-packaged foods, having more fruits and vegetables, and getting outside to be active. I try to lead by example by bringing in my own healthy snacks and lunches, along with talking about walking my dog, running, and leading a ‘dance party’ some Friday afternoons in class. I do this without talking about weight, but with focusing on my health (physically and mentally). The adults need to BE adults: lead by example, encourage, and set boundaries/rules. Kids need parents, teachers, and guardians to be role models, not friends. Let their friends be friends.

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  • http://ourchildhood-obesity.blogspot.com/ melissa

    It is about time that The fast food restaurant take the effort to make changes to improve our children healthy and give healthy choices. Our children get to much fat, carb at these restaurant and need more fruits and vegetable options. I am an adovocate to help solve the problem of childhood obesity.