Monday, September 24, 2018

Serve #waterwiththat in kids’ meals at fast food restaurants

Parents’ Voice – an online network of parents who are interested in improving the food and activity environments of Australian children – has initiated the second launch of its #waterwiththat campaign.
The campaign aims to gain support for a petition to urge fast food restaurants to change the default beverage in kids’ meals from sugar-sweetened beverages to water.
Sugary drinks are the #1 source of sugar in Australian kids’ diets, with 47 per cent of children aged two to 18 consuming a sugary drink on a daily basis. Sugary drinks are a major cause of tooth decay, and 40 per cent of Australian children aged 12 have decay in their adult teeth.
As the healthiest drink option, water should always be served with kids’ meals. It is imperative for fast food restaurants to adopt this change to make a positive contribution to the health of our children.