Kids Choose Unhealthy Fast Food Items Despite Being Offered Healthy Options

Researchers from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut recently studied fast food dining decisions among children. Now that there are healthier options available for side dishes and drinks, the study aimed to examine whether children were eating better.

A survey of 800 parents who frequently visit one of four major fast-food restaurants did not find a significant change. In 2016, 74% of children consumed unhealthy beverages and side dishes with their fast food meals. Additionally, only 6 out of 10 parents purchased healthier drinks in their kids’ meals, while many of those children went on to eat unhealthy sides.

These findings were published in HealthDay News on September 27, 2018.

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