Get soda off restaurant kids’ menus

girl drinking sodaWendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Jack in the Box, IHOP and Applebee’s have taken soda off their children’s menus. Still, many top chains, including Chili’s, still promote sugary beverages as a part of their children’s menus. Will you help us change that?

While taking soda off the menu is not the only improvement needed to make restaurant children’s meals healthier, soda and other sugary drinks uniquely promote obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of calories in children’s diets and provide nearly half of their added sugars intake. Drinking just one sugary drink each day increases a child’s odds of becoming obese by 60 percent.

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  • Since 2013, six major chain restaurants have removed soda and other sugary drinks from their kids’ menus. But the majority of restaurants continue to push sugary drinks on kids. Check out Voices for Healthy Kids and CSPI’s new timeline which shows the progress:
  • Sugary drinks are the number one source of calories in children’s diets and add to children’s risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. It doesn’t make sense for restaurants to promote these disease-promoting drinks as a part of children’s meals!
  • As hard as parents try, it’s impossible to counter every soda and fast food marketing message aimed at your kids. Add a little drama (and humor!) to your day with this video accompanying the Rudd Center’s latest Fast Food FACTS report: Fast food companies spent 4.6 billion dollars on advertising in 2012. It can be hard to wrap your head around a number like that, so the Rudd Center puts things into perspective with this new infographic. What are some of the ways you deal with these pervasive marketing messages? Let us know!

Model Tweets

Since 2013, 6 chains have removed soda & sugary drinks from kids’ menus. New graphic by @CSPI & @Prevent_Obesity:

.@Chilis, support kids’ health by dropping soda from the kids’ menu! #HealthyKids

Parents can’t be everywhere. Fast food marketing shouldn’t make parenting harder. VIDEO from @uconnruddcenter #fastfoodfacts

#fastfoodfacts INFOGRAPHIC: Fast Food’s $4.6 billion megaphone. #fastfoodfacts