NYC Approves New Policies For Healthier Fast Food For Children

April 26, 2023 5:13 pm4 commentsViews: 109

The fast foods need to be healthier and with this goal a new policy in New York has been approved. With this the food meals coming with toys would have less overall calories and also less of fat as well as sodium.

NYC Approves New Policies For Healthier Fast Food For Children

According to senior author Marie Bragg from NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, such policies is to be created that would nudge toward healthier behaviors. More nutrition is also to be added to the meal through vegetables, fruit and whole grains.

A study was conducted by NYU Longone Medical Center researchers at Burger King, McDonald’s and Wendy’s and found noticeable difference can be achieved by legislation in the battle against childhood obesity.

Dr Brian Elbel of NYU Langone Medical Center said if the provisions are met, about 54 calories can be saved from children’s meals and this is about 10 percent reduction in calories.

The proposed bill was introduced for the first time in 2011 and last year it was re-submitted. Below are the specific limitations for meals as proposed:

  • 500 calories or less
  • Fewer than 35% of calories from fat
  • Fewer than 10% of calories from saturated fats
  • Fewer than 10% of calories from added sugars
  • Fewer than 600 mg. of sodium
  • One serving of fruit, vegetable or whole grains

In the NYC the childhood obesity is a high matter of concern and it is said half of all elementary school children are not a healthy weight. Same is the case with the Head Start children too, said city’s department of health.

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