recently announced it would no longer list soda on the kids’ meal section of
its menu board. Subway, Chipotle,
Arby’s, and Panera also have taken soda off their children’s menus. But still, most of the top chains, including
Wendy’s, Burger King, and Chili’s, still promote sugary beverages as a part of their
children's menus. Will you help us
taking soda off the menu is not the only improvement needed to make restaurant
children's meals healthier, soda and other sugar 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.Please
take a minute to ask the top restaurant chains to take soda off their kids’
menus. If McDonald’s can do it, so can they.
Please take sugar drinks off your children's menu
Dear [Restaurant Chain Executive],
I write to ask you to remove soda and other sugary beverages from your children's menu and instead promote only healthier beverages, like low-fat milk and water, with your children's meals. Soda and other sugary drinks 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.Families eat out twice as often as they did in the 1970s, with children eating about a quarter of their calories at fast-food and other restaurants. Given the growing role of restaurant foods in children's diets and the high rates of childhood obesity, restaurants should do more to help children eat better and to make it easier for parents to feed their children healthfully.McDonald's recently announced it would no longer list soda on the kids' meal section of its menu board. Subway, Chipotle, Arby's, and Panera also are not offering soda as a beverage option on their children's menus. I ask that you take the same step, and not include soda and other sugary drinks on the children's menu. If McDonald's can do it, so can you.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]