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Obesity Epidemic: Kids Eating More Yogurt, Less French Fries

Great news? Studies find that child obesity rates are stabilizing and kids are making healthier food choices.

A bowl of yogurt and fruit.

Photo: dalboz17 (flickr)

Studies show that kids are opting for healthier menu choices when visiting McDonald's.

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We’ve been seeing a lot of articles this week about a new study that says childhood obesity has stabilized and that kids are now choosing healthier options from fast food menus.

The study found that kids are ordering sodas and fries 10 and 7 percent less respectively, while ordering more soups (up by 29 percent), grilled chicken (up 26 percent) and yogurt (up 21 percent).

Others, like Marc Ambinder of Atlantic, aren’t completely convinced that obesity has stabilized, but the recent trends in fast food ordering do, at least, appear to be a step in the right direction.

Read More:

  • Kid Goes Into McDonald’s and Orders… Yogurt? (New York Times)
  • The Skinny: Childhood Obesity Rates Stable? (Atlantic)
Cory Barker

Cory Barker is a summer intern for Earth Eats and senior IU student from Hartford City, Indiana. He is double majoring in journalism and communication and culture with a minor in business.

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