Think That's Healthier?
Not So Fast!
* So, is it healthier to eat at a "sit-down" restaurant or a fast-food place?
Well, if you think dinner at Outback Steakhouse or California Pizza Kitchen is going to be better for you than grabbing a meal at McDonald's or Wendy's, think again.
A pediatrician and his 17-year-old daughter conducted a test of 104 kids, ages 11 to 18. The kids were given menus from 10 restaurants (Taco Bell, Panda Express, Wendy's, McDonald's, Red Lobster, Stuart Anderson's, Denny's, California Pizza Kitchen, Chili's and Outback). The kids were then asked to pick what they would probably order.
Loren Yamamoto and his daughter Julienne found that kids chose less fatty, lower-calorie items from the fast-food places. The list of restaurants above is in the order of how they did in the study. What kids ordered at Taco Bell averaged 800 calories and 34 fat grams. Outback orders weighed in at 1,656 calories and 93 fat grams. The results were reported to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
More than 15 percent of U.S. kids are overweight. Kids who are overweight as teens have a 70 percent chance of being overweight as adults.