Health: Kids Are Eating Less Fast Food

It seems that the recent emphasis on health may be sticking, a recent study found that between 2003 and 2010, the number of kids eating fast food on any given day has gone down, along with the calories from some kinds of fast food. “The take-home message is that changes can be made, whether they are due to consumer preference or due to what the restaurants have done themselves,” said Colin D. Rehm, formerly of the University of Washington in Seattle and now of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, who is a co-author of the study.”It shows that change is possible.” So, how great is the difference? In 2003, 39% of kids ate fast food on any given day, in 2010 that number was down to 33%. Additionally, calorie intake from burger, pizza, and chicken fast food has reduced, though Mexican and sandwiches have remained stagnant. Katherine W. Bauer of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia explained the results, “given that fast food intake appears to be declining among adults, it’s not surprising that we’d see a similar trend in children.”

Contributor: Phoebe Roe


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