Children eat about a quarter of their calories from restaurants. When kids eat out, they typically consume more calories, added sugars, and sugary drinks and fewer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains than when they eat at home. Given the large role restaurant foods play in children’s diets and the high demand by parents for healthier options for their kids, restaurants should do more to support healthy eating for children.
Given the large role of restaurant foods in children’s diets and high customer demand for healthier options, restaurants should do more to support healthy eating by children. That includes taking sugary drinks off their kids' menus.