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Survey Says More Parents Choose Fast Food

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Not really, says a study released Thursday by the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Canada Goose online And that may not be a good sign for children’s health.

The study documented about 800 parents’ purchases for their children at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Subway through online surveys conducted in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Between 2010 and 2016, the percentage of parents who purchased kids’ meals and received healthier drinks remained about the same at 59 60 percent. And from 2013 to 2016, the percentage of parents who purchased kids’ meals with healthier sides actually declined from 67 percent in 2013 to 50 percent in 2016.

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canada goose outlet canada For example, at one McDonald’s location, the cashier may automatically include soda with a kids’ meal, at another location you might need to ask, and the same goes for french fries, the study found. While all chains removed the items listed in their pledges from their online menus, many still listed soda canada goose factory sale on kids’ meal menus in the canada goose coats on sale brick and mortar restaurants. canada goose outlet canada

Still, the “health halo” of the healthy offering policies seems to resonate with parents. Nearly canada goose black friday sale all parents surveyed in the latest Rudd study said they would purchase food for their children at that restaurant more frequently Canada Goose Online because of the healthy offerings. But Harris says while they may have health in mind when entering the restaurant, this doesn’t always lead to healthy choices. Jennifer L. Harris, the director cheap Canada Goose of marketing initiatives at the Rudd Center.

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canada goose outlet website legit Hillary Caron, a senior policy associate at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says that the Rudd Center’s study is particularly interesting because it demonstrates the power of defaults in consumer decision making. That is, if the canada goose clearance meal comes with fries unless you ask for apple slices instead, you’re likely to get fries. canada goose outlet website legit

canada goose outlet vancouver Some government officials have already taken this message to heart. Just last week, California became to first state to pass a healthy kids’ meal policy when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that prohibits soda and other sugary drinks from being the designated beverages that come with kids’ meals. canada goose outlet vancouver

canada goose factory outlet vancouver Harris canada goose uk shop says that the findings of the latest Rudd study indicate a need for such public policies. Voluntary and mandatory policies could work hand in hand, though, according to Caron. canada goose factory outlet vancouver

canada goose outlet toronto address “Both approaches reinforce each other,” Caron writes in an email to NPR. Voluntary commitments from restaurants, she says, help make the case for state and local policies because they show that the changes are achievable. But state and local policies ensure that the principles apply to all restaurants, not just chains that propose voluntary health policies. canada goose outlet toronto address

Still, Harris wants people to remember that even if the fast food offered at restaurants is billed as healthy, most fast food meals still consist of chicken nuggets, burgers and fries.

canada goose outlet store uk “It’s important to communicate that fast food meals are not healthy options,” Harris says. “Replacing soda with milk or water doesn’t make the meal Canada Goose sale healthy,” she adds. “It’s a small step, but in the right direction.” canada goose outlet store uk.