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Fast Food Chains Giving Kids Healthy Options

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?