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Health experts: Most fast food kid-friendly meals loaded with fat, salt

WASHINGTON – American families are eating more and more of their meals at chain restaurants. And it turns out, those meals may be playing a big role in the child obesity epidemic.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest — a non-profit consumer group — says almost all the kid meals offered by the big chains have far too much salt and fat. They also have far more calories than any child needs to consume in one sitting.

Working with a research team at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, CSPI looked at nearly 3,500 kid combos at 34 chains, using nutritional data provided by the restaurants.

Ninety-seven percent of the meals did not meet the nutrition standards set by a panel of nutrition and health experts, based in large part on recommendation put forward by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“One out of every three American children is either overweight or obese, but it is as if much of the restaurant industry didn’t get the memo,” says CSPI nutrition policy director Margo Wootan.

She says many of them are still serving up fried chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, pizza and hamburgers with a side order of fries, all accompanied by sugary sodas.

This is the second such survey conducted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. In 2008, 99 percent of the kids meals flunked the test.

Ameena Batada, who is with the Department of Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, calls the level of improvement “disappointing.” The two studies — taken side-by-side — show there has been some progress, she says, but much more must be done.

Noah “Bingo” Gray, 13, of New Windsor, Md., knows the problem firsthand. He was one of the kids featured in the TV show “The Biggest Loser” during its last season.

Before he joined the show, he would eat out about five times a week, mostly at fast food restaurants.

“We would order a burger, large drinks, large fries,” Gray says adding, “Now it just seems insane because it is just way too many calories.”

Now a healthy, trim teen with a winning smile, he says, “You’ve got to be able to make good choices when you go out.”

Unfortunately, says CSPI’s Wooton, tracking down healthy meals for kids is like “finding a needle in a haystack.”

But there is one chain that did well in the nutritional survey of kids meals.

Subway’s Fresh Fit for Kids combos met 100 percent of the quality standards set by the panel of experts.


KFC are after your children

KFC launches bucket for children; consumer group slams kids meals



KFC’s new Li’l Bucket Kids Meals are launching at the chicken chain nationwide on the same day that consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest said nearly all kids meals “flunk nutrition.”

KFC’s new packaging involves a smaller, colorful bucket covered with interactive games. Kids can choose from among several varieties of chicken, sides and drinks.

Each container comes with a pouch of GoGo squeeZ applesauce, which looks a little bit like those plastic “flask on the fly” Pocket Shot booze bags that sparked controversy a few years back.

The Li’l Bucket costs $3.99 plus tax. At its most healthful – a grilled drumstick, green beans, CapriSun Roarin’ Water and the no-spoon applesauce – the bucket carries 210 calories, 4 grams of fat and 565 milligrams of sodium.

But kids also have other options, which include extra crispy chicken tenders, mac n’ cheese and milk.

KFC is based in Louisville, Ky., and is owned by Taco Bell parent Yum Brands. The chicken chain has more than 17,000 outlets in 115 countries.

Just as the Li’l Bucket was being rolled out across the country, the Center for Science in the Public Interest was releasing a report blasting the 97% of kids meals it accuses of not meeting nutritional standards.

Of nearly 3,500 meal possibilities, the CSPI said the vast majority are crammed with fried chicken fingers, burgers, French fries and sugary drinks – inappropriate options for 4- to 8-year-olds. The group says kids meals should stay under 430 calories, contain at least half a serving of fruit or vegetables and exclude super-sweet drinks.

Only sandwich chain Subway, with its Fresh Fit for Kids meals offering apple slices and low-fat milk or bottled water, seems to have emerged on the CSPI’s good side.

At 19 chains, including McDonald’s, Chipotle and Hardee’s, no combination of children’s options met the CSPI’s specifications, the group said.

Another organization, the Center for Consumer Freedom, promptly responded to the CSPI report, accusing it of playing a “blame game.”

“When it comes to childhood obesity, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is missing the forest for the trees,” J. Justin Wilson, senior research analyst at the CCF, said in a statement. “Childhood obesity is a result of a myriad of factors, not just restaurant offerings. Regulating kids’ menus to only offer quinoa salads isn’t going to make any measurable weight difference in America’s youth.”

Kids meals are on the decline, according to research company the NPD Group. As of 2011, traffic into eateries from families with kids is flat after several years of declines. Health concerns are also a factor.

“In addition to the economic factor, kids have become more sophisticated, and just like adults, they want to try new things, new foods,” said NPD analyst Bonnie Riggs in a statement. “Kids have a wider variety of foods and flavors available to them today than they have in the past.”,0,2066163.story

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Effects Of A Rapid-Growth Economy: China’s Booming Fast Food Culture Takes Its Toll On Health


China’s most recent contribution to fast food, the Sausage Double Beef Burger, which will only be found in the regional McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) chains in the nation, has taken the Internet by storm.

It has gone viral on many news-blogs and food websites, the Shanghaiist, Foodbeast, and Gawker, garnering reactions from fast-food junkies who call the two sausages, two beef patties, and mustard on a pretzel hamburger bun an example of how “the 21st century belongs to China.”

And while most of the reviews of the hamburger by those in China says the fast-food meal is actually pretty good, the well-known effects of fatty foods are pretty bad. And it seems, fast food’s growing popularity in China has people packing on the pounds.

While McDonalds is an easily recognizable brand, it is actually KFC that dominates the fast food market in China. According to China Radio International, KFC opened its 4,000th restaurant in China, making it the largest number of chain restaurants in the nation, for both foreign and domestic brands. Reports have even claimed that Colonel Sanders, the founder of the fried chicken chain now owned by Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM), is the most recognizable American face among the Chinese.

After suffering from a scandal tied to excessive levels of antibiotics used by one if its Chinese suppliers, KFC, and other brands like McDonald’s, are also being held responsible for a growing epidemic of obesity in the nation of 1.3 billion. And there may be a link between China’s breakneck development and its weight gain.

“What we are seeing in developing countries, which are undergoing rapid economic transition is undernutrition, overnutrition and infections and chronic diseases coexisting over long periods of time,” Gina Kennedy, of the Food and Agriculture Organization said, as reported by the Globalist.

According to a report, while China’s GDP doubled between 2005 and 2009, the nation’s number of obese people grew from 18 million to 100 million. And to make the situation worse, China, along with India and Vietnam, is a nation that has the “double burden” of dealing with a population that eats too much and is malnourished at the same time. As a result, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease have become more prominent in China. A study by the New England Journal of Medicine estimated 9.7 percent of the country’s population has diabetes, most late onset Type 2, close to the U.S. rate of 11 percent.

Fast food was only introduced in China in 1987, with the opening of the first KFC. Predominantly protein diets, heavy in fat, sugar and salt, are relatively new for the Chinese. But eating at fast food restaurants, Western brands in particular, is considered something to aspire to. “Eating in food restaurants … McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Starbucks, where food is particularly high in fats and sugar — is becoming very attractive and considered a symbol of status,” the Globalist reported.

A new trend, which blends fast food and traditional culture, has caught on in Hong Kong: McWeddings.

Fast food chain Tossed to open in the City of London

The FINANCIAL — Healthy fast-food operator Tossed is to open a new outlet in the City of London in May.

The new site, located in Houndsditch near Liverpool Street Station, will be a 16-seat outlet mainly focused on takeaways featuring a breakfast bar, according to Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

The new launch will bring Tossed’s portfolio to 12 in London and the South East. The group plans to expand further this year, with another City location already earmarked.

Tossed founder Vincent McKevitt said: “We are very excited to be expanding in the City, following the successful openings at Leadenhall Street and Copthall Avenue. We aim to bring more healthy food to busy Londoners and make a difference to their diet without preaching too much.”

A 2009 Acorn award winner, McKevitt researched the salad bar market in California and New York, before opening his first Tossed unit in Paddington in 2005.

Fast Food Burgers “Probably” Contain Human DNA, Scientists Say It’s No Biggie

Ready for a change from the recent barrage of stories about horsemeat being discovered in fast food? How about this one: South African scientists say that a lot of fast food “probably” contains human DNA.

Yep, when you eat a Big Mac or a Whopper, there’s a more-than-decent chance that you’re eating part of another person — the deoxyribonucleic acid part, to be specific.

Hold on, say those same scientists. It’s not a big deal, despite how disgustingly bad it sounds. It’s not really human flesh that you’re eating.

“It is possible that (if tested) we could find traces of human DNA in meat. However, even if we do find human DNA, it does not mean we are eating human flesh,” Botlhe Modisane, the Deputy Director-General of the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries said.

Instead, burgers, tacos and other fast food products containing ground meat are likely to contain traces of human blood (because slaughterhouse workers frequently cut themselves) or small fragments of hair, saliva or fingernails — all of which contain human DNA (as fans of CSI and SVU surely know).

I guess that makes it better… kind of…

Unfortunately, we don’t know for sure exactly how much human DNA is in fast food because the South African scientists who came to this conclusion didn’t actually do any testing. Instead, they came to their conclusion using logic and the old-fashioned method of assuming.