- November 16th 2012
Physicians should encourage parents of young patients to make eating out at restaurants an occasional treat rather than a regular activity, said Lisa M. Powell, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Powell’s latest study concludes that children and teenagers consume significantly more soda and other high-calorie foods, and have poorer nutrient intake when they eat out at fast-food restaurants or full-service establishments compared with when they eat meals at home.
That general message “is not surprising, but [the study] really starts to quantify how serious the problem is,” said Powell, lead author of the study, which was published online Nov. 5 in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Adolescents consume an additional 309.5 calories on days they eat at fast-food restaurants, and children take in an extra 126.2 calories when they dine at such establishments, the study said.
“Three hundred additional calories a day is quite serious,” said Powell, p [Read more]