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USA Today reports this morning that a new study from the University of Hawaii suggests that kids between the ages of 11 and 18 may actually eat healthier food when they go to fast food joints than when they go to more formal restaurants.

“Kids chose meals with the fewest calories and least fat at Taco Bell, Panda Express, Wendy's and McDonald's,” USA Today writes. “They selected the most caloric fare at Outback Steak House, Chili's and California Pizza Kitchen. In the middle: Red Lobster, Stuart Anderson's and Denny's.”

However, researchers suggest that “fewest calories and least fat” is somewhat relative, and that oversized meals and too much fat still are causing a significant childhood obesity problem in the US.
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