Fast-Food Chains Market Unhealthy Meal Options To Youth-We’re Shocked!

Direct from the “stating the obvious” department, the information is still frightening: The average preschooler sees almost three fast-food restaurant ads a day and is rarely offered a healthy meal option, a new study from Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity finds.

As reported by the Philanthropy News Digest, a Service of the Foundation Center, the Yale report, Fast Food FACTS: Evaluating Fast Food Nutrition and Marketing to Youth examined the calories, fat, sugar, and sodium in kids’ meals and menu items at the nation’s twelve largest fast-food chains and found that out of more than three thousand possible meal combinations, only twelve met the researchers’ nutritional criteria for preschoolers, while only fifteen met the nutritional criteria for older children. The report’s big – 208 pages in PDF format, and is available for download here).

Kudos to The Robert Wood Johnson and Rudd Foundations, who underwrote the research.

 

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