Consumer group finds kids' meals chock-full of calories

Center for Science in Public Interest analyzes thousands of kids' meals

Published On: Mar 28 2013 11:17:05 AM EDT
WASHINGTON -

Kids' meals at restaurants all over the United States are packed full of calories and are failing when it comes to good nutrition. That's according to a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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The study shows fried chicken fingers and nuggets, fries and soda are the most common items offered to children, and some kids meals contain more than 1,000 calories and are high in sodium and fat.

CSPI worked with a nutrition researcher at the University of North Carolina at Asheville to analyze 3,498 kids' meal combinations from 41 top chain restaurants; 34 chains provided nutrition information for those meals.

The findings:

Worst kids' meals

The Center for Science in the Public Interest names these as some of the worst kids' meals in terms of calories and other nutrients:

Best kids' meals