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Report: Fast-food chains inconsistent on pledges to promote healthy food options

August 31, 2017

Read the Perspective from Caroline M, Apovian, MD

McDonald’s, Wendy’s and several other similar establishments are not consistently following through on their pledges to promote more nutritious food options, according to a recent report.

“Frequent fast food consumption negatively affects children’s diets, weight and health. One-third of children consume fast food on a given day, contributing 126 additional calories, increased sugar, saturated fat, sodium and sugary drink intake, and reduced milk intake on those days. Furthermore, a majority of kids’ meal main dishes offered by top fast-food restaurants exceed dietary recommendations for the percent of calories from fat, saturated fat and sodium,” Jennifer Harris, PhD, MBA, of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, and colleagues wrote in the report.

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