Applebee’s and IHop Take Soft Drinks Off Kids Menu

By Brian Lemay No comments


TWO POPULAR RESTAURANT CHAINS ARE TAKING SOFT DRINKS OFF THE KID MENU. THE IDEA IS TO TURN BACK ON SODA CONSUMPTION BY CHILDREN. CHILDHOOD OBESITY HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE PAST 30 YEARS. IT IS AN INTERESTING THING IT WILL SAY YOU PICK YOUR MAIN COURSE AND YOUR SIDE AND IT WILL SAY INCLUDES COKE PRODUCTS OFTEN. MILK AND JOYCE. WHEN THE KIDS SEE ON THE MENU THAT A SODA IS AN OPTION. IS IT THAT SIMPLE THAT IF THEY DON’T SEE THEY’VE FORGOTTEN IT DOESN’T EXIST. IT’S NOT AN OPTION. SORRY KIDS. IF IT SAYS IT COMES WITH MILK OR JUICE — WHAT IT MOM ORDERS A DIET COKE? IT GIVES A PARENT AN EXCUSE. THE ABILITY TO LIE TO YOUR CHILDREN IS WHAT THIS PROVIDES TO YOU. THIS IS GOING TO CUT DOWN ON FIGHTS I THINK BETWEEN PARENTS. I THINK SO. I KNOW THIS SOUNDS STUPID BUT IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN OUT WITH KIDS AND LOOKED AT THE MENU THE CHOICES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. AND SO WE’VE SEEN SOME FAST FOOD PLACES TAKE FRENCH FRIDAYS OFF AS A CHOICE. ONE KIDS WANTS THE TRITE QUIP AND ONE WANTS THE FRIES. CAN KIDS NOT GET CHIPS? I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S AN OPTION OR NOT. WHAT IS THE FIGHT GOING ON AGAINST POTATO PRODUCERS? WELL, I THINK IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. I THINK IT MAKES A MINOR DIFFERENCE. MAYBE THE BIGGER CONCERN IS THE ACTUAL ENTREE OF WHAT THE KIDS EATING. BUT THESE LITTLE STEPS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THEY CAN. I LIKE THAT THIS IS COMING FROM THE RESTAURANTS THEMSELVES. THE RESTAURANTS SAY, OKAY, WE WANT TO MAKE THIS A LITTLE CHANGE, AND GREAT TO CHALLENGE — CHILDHOOD OBESITY IS SOMETHING THAT NOT ONE BIG CHANGE IS GOING TO FIX IT. IT’S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF LITTLE CHANGES.

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