Kids' menus draw ire over lack of healthy options

Study says kids meals failed to meet nutritional standards 97% of the time.

April 1—The menus offered to children by most U.S. restaurant chains have too many calories, too much salt or fat, and often not a hint of vegetables or fruit, according to a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The group, which has agitated for everything from healthier popcorn at the movies to calorie labeling in supermarkets, found that among almost 3,500 combinations surveyed, kids' meals failed to meet nutritional standards 97% of the time.

That was a marginal improvement over 2008 when such meals failed to meet standards 99% of the time.