Diet Disaster: Seven Kids’ Meals with Over 1000 Calories

1000 calories kids meals: Mac and Cheese Quesadilla

Friendly's Mac & Cheese Quesadilla kids meal contains over 2000 calories.

Childhood obesity is reaching epidemic levels in the United States, and one factor is the perception that kids won’t eat healthy foods. This belief is particularly visible on kids menus. “Children’s meals at restaurants are garbage,” said Mary Jo Messito told the NY Post. Messito is the director of the Pediatric Obesity Clinic at Bellevue Hospital. “Somehow, the restaurant industry has created special meals for children that are trash. And I don’t know where that came from.”

Here’s a list of seven “kids” meals to avoid feeding your kids; each containing over 1000 calories from The Daily Beast.

1. Chevy’s Bean and Cheese Burrito meal

Calories: 1020
Saturated fat: 15 grams

2. Chevy’s Cheese Quesadilla meal

Calories: 1020
Saturated fat: 20 grams

3. Applebee’s Grilled Cheese meal
Served with fries

Calories: 1020
Saturated fat: 17 grams

4. Outback Steakhouse’s Kookaburra Chicken Fingers meal
Served with Fries

Calories: 1030
Saturated fat: 21 grams

5. Chevy’s Flour Flautas meal

Calories: 1240
Saturated fat: 29 grams

6. Houlihan’s Chicken Fingers meal
Served with mashed potatoes and ice cream.

Calories: 1293
Saturated fat: 36 grams

7. Friendly’s Mac & Cheese Quesadilla meal

Served with Shirley Temple and Peanut Butter Cup

Calories: 2270
Saturated fat: 45 grams


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