24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
(800)421-8825

Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study FindsOlder Mothers May Raise Better-Behaved Kids, Study SuggestsHealth Tip: Check Your Child's TemperatureFruit Juice for Kids: A Serving a Day OK'Eraser Challenge' Latest Harmful Social Media Trend for Kids'Heads Up' Football Program Tackles Concussion Danger in KidsParents Don't Always Head to Child's Doctor When Illness StrikesSpring-Clean Your Medicine Cabinet to Safeguard Your KidsFewer U.S. Kids Overdosing on OpioidsWhy Some Kids Take Longer to Recover From Brain InjuryNearby Day Cares Don't Pose Health Risks to Kids: StudyObese Moms May Fail to Spot Obesity in Their Own KidsToo Much Screen Time May Raise Kids' Diabetes RiskHealth Tip: Help Kids Maintain Healthy CholesterolMite-Proof Bedding May Help Curb Asthma Attacks: StudyWatchful Waiting Cost-Effective for Pediatric Acute Otitis MediaHealth Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit WellCity Tax on Cars Cut Pollution, Kids' Asthma RiskKidney Transplant Survival Up Among Babies, KidsSecondhand Smoke Linked to Food Allergies in KidsObesity May Raise Girls' Risk of Asthma, AllergiesDisabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study FindsNasal 'Nerve Block' May Help Ease Kids' MigrainesCan Mom's Vitamin E Head Off Child's Asthma Risk?Asthma Much More Lethal for Black Children, Study FindsInsecticides Linked to Behavioral Issues in ChildrenCould Common Insecticides Be Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids?Complication Rates Often Higher in Youth With T2DM Versus T1DMChildhood Cancer Survivors Living LongerYouth With Type 2 Diabetes Often Face ComplicationsKids Mean Less Shuteye for Mom, While Dad Slumbers On'Superbug' Infections Striking More U.S. KidsHeadaches Often Strike Before Strokes in Kids: StudyACL Tears on the Rise Among Kids, Especially GirlsLearning Issues Common in Kids With Heart Defects: StudyAAP Policy Statement Focuses on Child Witness Well-BeingKids Born to Older Moms Score Higher on Thinking TestsThere's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic KidsMost Parents Don't Think They're Meeting Kids' Nutritional NeedsKids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at HomeAntibiotics Could Be Alternative to Surgery for AppendicitisIs Surgery Always Needed for Kids' Appendicitis?Health Tip: Give Your Kids Bone-Building FoodLow-Income Kids More Likely to Have ADHD, AsthmaTougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the RoadHealth Tip: Protect Kids in Cold WeatherNeeded: An 'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic ReactionsBe Your Child's ValentineAmbient Air Pollution May Raise T2DM Risk in Hispanic ChildrenWinning the Veggie Wars With Kids
Questions and AnswersLinks
Related Topics

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)

Kids' Restaurant Meals Need Slimming Down: Nutritionists

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Dec 27th 2016

new article illustration

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most items offered on children's menus at major restaurant chains in the United States have too many calories, a new study finds.

Fifteen child nutrition experts who were consulted for the study recommended a maximum of 300 calories in main dishes for children, such as a burger or serving of macaroni and cheese.

But the average calorie counts for those items on menus at the nation's top 200 restaurant chains were 465 and 442, respectively, according to the findings by the RAND Corp., an independent health policy research organization.

Other maximum calorie recommendations from the nutritionists included: 100 tops for a serving of fried potatoes; 150 for soups, appetizers and snacks; 110 calories for unflavored milk; and 150 calories for vegetables and salads that included added sauces.

The nutritionists put no limit on vegetables and fruits without added oils or sauces. The entire meal should not have more than 600 calories, the nutritionists said.

The item that most often exceeded the calorie guidelines? Fried potatoes, which averaged 287 calories, nearly triple the recommended amount.

The findings highlight the importance of planned calorie labeling on restaurant menus, the researchers said.

"It's important to examine the caloric value of what kids are served because the chances are they will eat all or most of what they are served," study lead author Deborah Cohen, a senior natural scientist, said in a RAND news release.

"Overeating -- consuming more calories than are needed for normal growth and maintenance -- is a very common problem and a key contributing factor to childhood obesity," she said.

Calories in children's menu items are important because American youngsters eat out often. On any given day, one-third of children and 41 percent of teens eat at fast-food outlets, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study findings were published online recently in the journal Nutrition Today.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more on nutrition.