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Teens don't pig out at McDonalds

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HONOLULU, Oct 12, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Hawaiian researchers say U.S. teens generally pick healthy foods when they eat at fast-food joints, USA Today reported Tuesday.

University of Hawaii pediatrician Loren Yamamoto and his 17-year-old daughter Julienne gave menus from 10 restaurants to 104 children 11 to 18 years old. Everyone picked out selections they'd probably order and estimated how much they'd eat of each choice.

Kids chose meals with the fewest calories and least fat at Taco Bell, Panda Express, Wendy's and McDonald's, but they picked the most caloric fare at Outback Steak House, Chili's and California Pizza Kitchen. The findings suggest current concerns about alleged links between juvenile obesity and fast-food outlets may be a bit overblown.

The healthy fare selected by the kids at McDonald's doesn't surprise Cathy Kapica, a registered dietitian and global director of nutrition for McDonald's in Oakbrook, Ill.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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