Published November 08, 2013
Fast food restaurants may have added some healthy options to their kids' menus, but according to a new study, that's not enough. Researchers at Yale say that restaurants are doing very little to promote those healthy items to children.
What kids see on TV and what's in stores are completely different.
"So bottom line is they've made a few improvements, but overall fast food is still very unhealthy," said lead researcher Jennifer L. Harris, director of marketing initiatives at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
The study also found that 97 percent of kids' meals don't even meet the restaurant industry's own standards for what is considered a healthy meal. The study showed that the healthy options are rarely offered as a default. Instead, unhealthy options like soft drinks and fries usually come by default.
Also, at most fast food restaurants, at least half of young people's daily recommended sodium intake is contained in one meal.