Restaurant-eating prompts higher calorie intake among youth

Reuters reports that children and adolescents consume more food products laden with sugar, saturated fat and sodium, on days when their main meals are served at restaurants, according to a CDC-funded study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

According to HealthDay, researchers at the University of Illinois “collected data on restaurant eating among more than 4,000 children between the ages of two and 11 and almost 4,700 teens between the ages of 12 and 19, who took part in the 2003-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.”

They found that when they “eat in fast-food restaurants,” children increase their total energy intake or “kilocalories” by about “126 kilocalories” and adolescents’ intake increases by approximately, “309 kilocalories.”

As for “full-service restaurants,” the study team found that daily energy intake “increased 160 kilocalories for kids and 267 kilocalories for teens.

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