Here is the update on the report just published on top 13 restaurant chains and the calories in the kids meals. The benchmark was 430 calories. Meals offered to children should not exceed this amount for one sitting (one meal) based on the recommended total calorie intake for 4-8 year olds.
The center found that 93% of the 1,474 possible choices exceeded the 430 calorie allowance for one meal.
I have been reading a few blogs who also are tauting the same message. Don't discount the power of early nutrition education. If kids had a better sense of what their bodies needed, it might make it easier for parents and kids to work together in creating healthier meals. But nutrition education is dominated by high sugar and high fat food companies marketing the wonder and deliciousness and fun of their foods. Makes it hard.
Just remember, little steps do make a difference. Every small change is a step to a healthier child. Start by talking with your kids and making small agreements. If your child drinks coke every day, (I really hope they don't) then try making an agreement to drink coke every other day and substitute water. Small steps do make a difference.