84% of restaurants offer the quickie-carb french fries as a side dish, while only 58% offer fruit and just 42% offer vegetables.
CSPI also singles out a few meal combinations for their "Hall of Shame" for being so laden with calories. (For instance, Chili's country-fried chicken crispers, cinnamon apples and chocolate milk were given the thumbs down. This single meal has a whopping 1020 calories, almost all the calories a typical four-to-eight-year-old needs for an entire day. Yikes!)
Since childhood obesity is at such incredibly high levels, it's disappointing that most kids' meals sold at chain restaurants are overloaded with calories, fat, quickie carbs and sugar. I wish these places would make more of an effort to include healthier choices in their kids' menus.
Until that happens, what can parents do to keep their kids' diets under control? Eat at home!