On the previous day, 33 percent of children and 41 percent of teens had consumed fast food, according to Fast Food FACTS 2013. Most children don’t opt for a kids’ meal; at burger restaurants, for example, just 44 percent of diners under age 6 and 31 percent of older guests order a kids’ meal, which is generally healthier than standard options
. Particularly worrisome, the study authors say, is that these fast-food meals increase total daily calories by 126 for kids and 310 for teens. They also lead to an uptick in total sugar, saturated fat and sodium intake.
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