A new study suggests that kids ages 2 to 19 get about 12 percent of their calories from fast food. Researchers failed to include how many of those kids’ parents responded with, “Definitely not my kid,” while darting their eyes back and forth to avoid contact, but educated guesses put the number at: A lot.
The statistics, released by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that though older adolescents, ages 12 to 19, have the highest fast food consumption, even children ages 2 to 11 are chowing down on nuggets, fries and the like for 8.7 percent of their daily caloric intake. Overall, Kristi King, a senior clinical dietitian with Texas Children’s Hospital, pointed out to USA Today it adds up to young Americans eating the equivalent of a small McDonald’s hamburger every single day.
Of course, another way to look at the figures is that, based on 3 meals a day, 12 percent only makes up about 2.5 meals a week – which means your kids might have an even better diet regimen than you do. What’s that? Sorry, just because Chipotle responsibly sources its ingredients doesn’t mean it’s not fast food, big guy.