Kid’s menus: What is a healthy portion size?

With the new menu labeling law coming out in May 2017, restaurants will be required to list the calorie counts on menu items.  One might think that this would help us figure out how many calories we are eating and also make healthier decisions.  One problem with this concept is that it assumes most people have the nutrition knowledge on how many calories their children need. 

Eating out frequency. Today, more families are eating out and spending 50 percent of their food dollars away from home.  One out of three kids and 41 percent of teens gravitate to eating at fast food restaurants for convenience and cheaper prices.  With this increased frequency of eating out, more calories are consumed because portion sizes are larger. Parents continue to struggle with trying to figure out not only what their kids should be eating, but also how much.  

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