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Reuters Health featured a new study by Megan Mueller, a researcher at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, reporting that more fast food restaurants are now offering kids meals that include healthier options.
Healthier sides and drinks were added to U.S. fast-food restaurant kids’ menus in the past decade, but healthy combinations are still rarely offered as the default option, researchers say.
“For a lot of families, eating out is a regular option for meals, rather than an occasional treat,” said lead author Megan Mueller, a researcher at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in Los Angeles. Children consume about 150 extra calories on days when they eat out, and healthier sides and drink choices could counteract that, she added.