“Healthy” Kids Meals Unhealthy as Twinkies and Big Macs
Fast-food chains including McDonald’s and Burger King announced plans last year to make children’s meals healthier. But PCRM’s Five Worst “Healthy” Fast-Food Kids Meals report found meals still alarmingly high in fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar.
This July marked the one-year anniversary of the Kids LiveWell campaign, a high-profile initiative launched by the National Restaurant Association, where restaurant chains including Burger King and Chick-fil-A pledged to offer and promote healthier kids meals. McDonald’s does not participate in Kids LiveWell, but last July the fast-food giant also announced plans to make its Happy Meals more nutritious.
“So far, the fast-food industry, subsidized by large federal agricultural subsidies for meat and dairy, has little incentive to offer healthier meals,” PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., wrote in his blog. “To force a real change, it is the true stakeholders in this debate: parents, pediatricians—and politicians, who need to keep up the pressure against the fast-food industry with their deep pockets and their ‘happy’ meals that are threatening the very future of our children.”
Five Worst "Healthy" Fast-Food Kids Meals
|Chick-fil-A Grilled Nuggets Kids Meal||Contains the same amount of cholesterol as a Big Mac|
|McDonald's Cheeseburger Happy Meal||Contains more sodium than 13 orders of McDonald's kids fries|
|Sonic Kids' Jr. Burger Meal||Contains more sugar than two Twinkies|
|Burger King Hamburger Kids Meal||Contains almost as much cholesterol as six slices of pork bacon|
|Denny's Build Your Own Jr. Grand Slam||Contains almost 100 more milligrams of sodium than the government recommends children consume at breakfast|