A NATIONAL TV show will tonight highlight the high calorie content in kids meals from some supposedly child-friendly restaurants.
Seven out of ten of the meals tested by the team from Channel 4 show Dispatches - all picked from specifically child-orientated menus - contained well over the calories the government suggests should be consumed in one sitting.
In some cases, dishes had double or even higher. For instance, the government says a child of primary school age should eat around 550 calories at lunch, and a cheeseburger and chips, pudding and a soda (not the healthiest options on the menu but a popular ones none the less), at Chiquito contains 1,368 calories.
The findings on have led to renewed calls for calorie content to be listed on menus in restaurant chains, a US style ban on transfats and a look at ‘super sized portions’.
Also named and shamed were restaurants at child-meccas, the London Zoo and the Science Museum, Bella Italia and Garfunkel’s.
The restaurants have responded to the findings by pointing out that healthier choices are available, and certainly in the case of The Restaurant Groups’ two chains under scrutiny, these are flagged up as being healthier for youngsters.