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Fast Food Is Exploding in Popularity For This Concerning Reason, New Poll Shows

Eat This, Not That! Logo By John Anderer of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 5: You don't have to be a dietician to know that fast food may be convenient and affordable, but leaves a whole lot to be desired from a nutritional perspective. Unfortunately, a new poll reports that roughly one in five parents are feeding their kids more fast food ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began.Why are so many moms and dads heading toward the local drive-thru more often? According to the University of Michigan's latest C.S. Mott National Poll on Children's Health, the answer is one we can all relate to: stress. About 20% of the surveyed 2,019 U.S. parents of children between the ages of three and 18 told researchers they're just too stressed out some days to worry about cooking a nutritious, balanced meal for their families."The pandemic disrupted many family routines, including where and what they eat," comments poll co-director and Mott pediatrician Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H. "We know families' lifestyles can impact children's diets, and we looked to see how the pandemic may have changed their eating habits."Now, "more often" is of course a bit of an abstract statement, but this next finding isn't: One in six parents are feeding their children fast food at least twice per week. That's a lot of happy meal toys. Unsurprisingly, parents who are feeding their children fast food on a bi-weekly basis are also nearly twice as likely to say their child is overweight.Keep reading for more alarming findings from the poll, and for more, check out the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

Fast Food Is Exploding in Popularity For This Concerning Reason, New Poll Shows

You don't have to be a dietician to know that fast food may be convenient and affordable, but leaves a whole lot to be desired from a nutritional perspective. Unfortunately, a new poll reports that roughly one in five parents are feeding their kids more fast food ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Why are so many moms and dads heading toward the local drive-thru more often? According to the University of Michigan's latest C.S. Mott National Poll on Children's Health, the answer is one we can all relate to: stress. About 20% of the surveyed 2,019 U.S. parents of children between the ages of three and 18 told researchers they're just too stressed out some days to worry about cooking a nutritious, balanced meal for their families.

"The pandemic disrupted many family routines, including where and what they eat," comments poll co-director and Mott pediatrician Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H. "We know families' lifestyles can impact children's diets, and we looked to see how the pandemic may have changed their eating habits."

Now, "more often" is of course a bit of an abstract statement, but this next finding isn't: One in six parents are feeding their children fast food at least twice per week. That's a lot of happy meal toys. Unsurprisingly, parents who are feeding their children fast food on a bi-weekly basis are also nearly twice as likely to say their child is overweight.

Keep reading for more alarming findings from the poll, and for more, check out the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.

Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

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