Kid's Menus, What's to Eat?

Study: A survey of children's menus in 20 of the biggest sit-down chain restaurants found little variety but lots of fat.

Comments: We recently returned from a road trip with three kids age 2, 5 and 7, and we had an opportunity to check out lots of children's restaurant fare. While the adult menus usually offered a variety of choices, especially in ethnic restaurants, for the most part the kids' menus listed the same items (hamburgers, spaghetti, pizza, etc.) every time.

Yes, being presented with familiar dishes increases the odds that the kids will eat, perhaps allowing the adults to enjoy their meal. The problem is that while all the extra fat and carbs may be reassuring and soothing for everyone, they do not represent a healthy choice for children.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors,

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