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Obesity On Kids' Meal Menu?

Mar 28, 2013

That burrito on the kids menu? Not as healthy as you might have thought. According to a new study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, every single children's meal offered at chains such as Chipotle, Panda Express, Dairy Queen, and Hardee's fell short of standards adopted by the center from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutritional recommendations. 

Dallas County has the highest density of fast food restaurants in North Texas, according to the USDA. And even though more chains are adding fruit and vegetables to kids meals, like carrots and apple slices, those options aren't always available.

According to the report, "Kids' Meals: Obesity on the Menu," 97% of the over 3,000 kids' meals analyzed don't meet basic nutritional standards and 91% don't meet the National Restaurant Association's nutritional guidelines for its voluntary program "Kids LiveWell.