Study: Eating Out Not always same as Eating Well for Children

A new study confirms that eating out doesn't translate to eating well for children.

The study released Monday by the non-profit health group "Center for Science in the Public Interest" found that high fat, high calorie foods dominate restaurant children's menus.

The Center studied the nutritional information at 13 major restaurant chains, including McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and Taco Bell.

93% of their kid's meals exceeded the recommended calorie, fat and sodium allotment for a single meal, with many giving kids a full day's worth of calories in one sitting.

Even at non-fast food places like Chili's, researchers found that of the 700 possible kids meals, only 42 met the calorie recommendations.

The restaurants responded by stressing that parents can mix and match menu options to fit their needs, and that they're working on introducing healthier items.

Ultimately, however, the restaurants said children's health is a parental responsibility.

Subway was the healthiest of all, where two-thirds of the kid's meals were considered low-calorie.

Still, even healthier, according to the Center, is food cooked fresh at home.

The study looked at the 25 largest chain eateries in the U.S.

Six of them didn't offer children's menus and six others: IHop, Applebee's, TGIFriday's, Outback Steak House, Olive Garden and Red Lobster, declined to release nutritional information.