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Senior Seminar Presentation 2013
Transcript of Senior Seminar Presentation 2013
In The Neighborhood Evaluating Kids' Menus at America's Top Chain Restaurants Introduction When children eat at restaurants they consume twice as many calories compared to eating food prepared at home. Tip Childhood Obesity Diabetes High Cholesterol Bone & Joint Problems Bullying Early Puberty High Blood Pressure Sleep Disorders Asthma This project is an update of a study conducted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in 2008 and in collaboration with UNCA. Purpose Restaurants Variables Lauren Flewelling,
Dr. Ameena Batada To assess the nutritional quality of children's meals at America's top 50 chain restaurants based on revenue. Are the nutrition stats within the recommended daily intake for children? 41 out of 50 had kids options
34 out 41 had nutritional data available
Entrees, side items, drinks, desserts and combos were analyzed separately and then together as "combo meals" Item Category (entree, side, drink, dessert)
Name of Item (hamburger, fries, etc)
Saturated Fat (grams)
Trans Fat (grams)
Whole Grains (100% whole grain) This is a huge iceberg Conclusions Implications (cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
Compared to the 2008 study, fewer restaurants now offer soft drinks as children's items, and more restaurants these days provide fruits and vegetables as side items.
Though many of the restaurants do offer fruits and vegetables, over 1/4 of the meals do not include them.
There is a wide disparity between the calories, sodium and fat content in menu items at restaurants compared to the recommended daily intakes for children. Families should avoid eating out and consider it more of a "treat" than a staple.
In lieu of cutting back on fast food, parents should be aware of the nutritional stats for kids' meals so they can make smart choices.
Policy makers should enforce regulations on kids'meal so there can be more choices for healthy eating. Food Color Dyes Increased 5 times in the past 50 years
Cancer (found in animal studies)
Europe has better policies than the U.S. Children consume 25% of their daily calories at fast food and other restaraunts.
Fast food is likely a major contributor to the increase in childhood obesity in the U.S., which has tripled over the last 30 years. What are restaurants offering? How do Asheville Independent Restaurant offerings compare? Of 3,498 Meal combinations do not meet expert standards 56% Of chains do not even have one meal that meets expert standards 91% Of meal combinations do not meet KidsLive Well standards 26% & Do not have one meal that meets KidsLive Well standards Crackel Barrel
The Cheescake Factory
Pizza Hut "At Hooters we make our food fresh for you and are constantly adding new items to our menu. Many of our guests request items to be customized to their preference by adding or substituting items and we are happy to oblige. Because of the millions of combinations available and our desire to frequently give you new menu options it is impossible to provide accurate nutritional data." "While Waffle House does not currently publish nutritional information, we want you to know that most of the food we serve in the restaurants is the same food you buy for your family at your local grocery store." Meals Exceeding
Saturated Fat 86%
55% Expert Standards 86%
of Meals Kids LiveWell Standards 50%
of meals Percent of Restaurants Offering Entree Types 83% 65% 50% 45% 35% Percent of Restaurants Offering Side Items By Type 73% 68% 53% 78% 58% 40% 43% 2% Percent of Restaurants offering Beverages by Type 100% of Subway Meals meet Expert and Kids LiveWell Standards Offers only apples, apple juice and low fat milk No soda on kids menu! Meal Combinations Containing Fruit and Veggies Meals that do not contain fruits/veggies Meals that
fruits/veggies Where do we go from here? Encourage restauraunts to: Remove Soft Drinks from menu Offer more fruits, vegetables and whole grains How Does Asheville Compare? 27 out of the 41 chains that had children's items are located within a 10 mile radius of downtown Asheville 10 are drive thru's
17 are sit down restaurants 66% 19 out of 48 offered kids menu items 40% "To join AIR, your restaurant must be locally owned and operated, have seating, and open to the public. It goes without saying, that your restaurant cannot belong to a chain or franchise." 83% offer fried chicken 47% locally
65% offer burgers 42% locally
50% offer pasta dishes 47% locally
45% grilled cheese 58% locally
35% grilled chicken 21% locally
53% offer vegetables 68% locally
68% offer fruit as a side. 32% locally
73% offer fried potatoes 79% locally What the chains offer VS what AIR offers One in three children is overweight http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/contestants/biingo/ 97% Participate in Kids Live Well and make more meals that meet the standards Does not provide nutritional information How Does Asheville Compare? of chains do not have one meal that meets standards