Next time you’re grabbing some breakfast with your children at McDonald’s, Wendy’s or Burger King, you might want to pay attention to the nutritional information for the kids meals you order. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine just released its list of the Five Worst Fast Food Meals to highlight those G-rated meals with R-rated calorie counts.
“Kids shouldn’t have to dodge cholesterol bombs packaged in colorful, toy-filled boxes,” says PCRM nutrition education director Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. “We’re losing the war against childhood obesity, but fast-food chains are still making obscene profits by targeting children with high-fat meals.”
Without further ado, here is the PCRM’s list:
McDonald’s Mighty Kids Meal: Double Cheeseburger, French fries, and chocolate milk (840 calories; 37 grams of fat)
Wendy’s Kids’ Meal: Chicken Sandwich, French fries, and chocolate Frosty (770 calories; 34 grams of fat)
KFC Kids Meal: Popcorn chicken, potato wedges, string cheese, and soda (800 calories; 1,800 milligrams of sodium)
A&W Kids Meal: Cheeseburger, French fries, and soda (780 calories; 9 grams of saturated fat)
Burger King’s BK Kids: Breakfast muffin sandwich meal (95 milligrams of cholesterol; exceeds recommended limit on sodium intake)