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A study denounces the high-calorie menus of fast foods

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A study denounces the high-calorie menus of fast foods

The conclusion is clear. A study, unveiled by the association Consumption Housing Framework of Life (CLCV) this Monday, November 28, 2022 and relayed by BFM-TV, denounces the menus for children of fast food restaurants offered by seven large chains which present an excessive calorie intake. Indeed, even if it affirms that it is “possible to eat balanced fast food” by choosing a menu consisting of a burger, vegetables, fruit and a drink with little or no sugar, the association notes that “these menus are actually very little chosen by young people for whom fast food rhymes with fries and soda”.

The CLCV therefore wishes to draw the attention of consumers and especially parents. In the preamble to the press release, she recalls that, according to the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES), nearly 50% of children and 60% of adolescents consume products from fast food. However, the CLCV study highlights that the menus favored by young people “provide excessive amounts of calories, fat, salt and sugar”.


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Concretely, the “gourmet versions of children’s menus, with fries and soda” represent on average 54% of the daily caloric needs for a 5-year-old child, 46% for a 9-year-old child and 59% for a teenager. Exorbitant percentages compared to what a lunch should cover for young people of this age (about 34%).

In 2010, the association had already conducted a study on four of the seven channels analyzed this time. In 12 years, McDonald’s, Quick, KFC and Brioche Dorée have progressed unevenly. Thus, according to the press release from the CLCV, “the average caloric intake tended to decrease for the “light” menus, but to increase for the “intermediate” and “gourmet” menus.

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