I’m minding my own business and then I see in Yahoo News: “The Five Worst ‘Healthy’ Fast Food Meals for Kids”
Okay, now I’m curious. I’m always hearing how terrible fast food meals are for kids, so I take a look.
The very first paragraph starts:
The second paragraph says:
“Frankly, passing off these meals as ‘healthy’ ought to be a crime at a time when 16.9 million American children and adolescents are obese,” PCRM president Dr. Neal Barnard wrote in a blog post this week.
Now most people are not going to read this long article. They’re going to see the horrors of the crapola that is being foisted off as food to innocent children who then immediately explode into fat children.
The contents of these meals are about what you might expect. Burger or chicken (grilled), fries, apple slices, juice or low-fat milk.
I kept reading. I kept reading after the list of the five worst meals.
And that’s where I (finally) found:
“The recommended daily allowances for a child age 4 or older is 2,000 calories, 65 grams of fat, 20 grams of saturated fat, 300 milligrams of cholesterol, 2,400 milligrams of sodium (sugar is not a daily nutritional requirement). All five of these meals fall well within that range, though it’s easy to see how eating several fast-food meals each week could really add up.” [Emphasis added.]
Do the math (I did). There is basically nothing wrong with these meals.
So WTF? This is a non-story.
You might not want to feed your kids this every day, three times a day; but I doubt that is happening.
So who is this group that is so sure these fast food kid meals that are making kids fat? That would be Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). And what’s the connection between these fast food meals for kids and responsible medicine?
Well, PCRM’s name does not describe one of their fundamental missions. They pro-vegetarian/vegan. They don’t like these meals because they contain meat and dairy product.
Now I have no problem with people eating a vegan/vegetarian diet. To each their own. But using fat kids to hide your true agenda is pretty despicable.
And especially shame on every “news” organization that posted this article with the highly inflammatory title and leading off with the childhood obesity bug-a-boo. Clearly, the title and the beginning of the article have nothing to do with the real message, which is PCRM thinks a vegan/vegetarian diet is more healthy for kids.
By the way, someone should let PCRM know that, yes, Virginia, there are fat vegans and vegetarians.