A new survey finds that despite fast food restaurant’s attempts to create healthy menus to draw families back in, kids are continuing to be served unhealthy meal options. The survey was conducted by the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity in an effort to see if fast food chains claiming to be supporting health initiatives were actually making proper adjustments.
Jennifer Harris, director of marketing initiatives at Rudd, explains that this survey was driven by restaurants claiming they’ve replaced unhealthy options like greasy french fries and sugar-laden soft drinks with healthier alternatives for children. In fact, restaurants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Subway have all made similar claims. Harris comments that it’s, “a marketing tactic on the part of these restaurants to make parents think their products are healthy. If they can make parents think it’s actually a healthy choice to take their child there, then it’s good for their business. That’s what we found, even though what kids are getting really hasn’t changed.”
In order to test their apparent policy changes, the Rudd Survey was conducted online with over 800 parental participants. The survey found that over 74% of the kids who dined at fast food restaurants were still receiving unhealthy options. A further look found that only 6 out of 10 parents purchasing a kid’s meal opted for a healthy drink instead of soda, and the majority of parental customers purchased fries for their child instead of a healthier side option like apple slices.
The research led to the conclusion that these ‘healthy menu’ options are not helping children and family members eat healthy, but are rather drawing them in to eating frequently at fast food restaurants.
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