Studies have proven the link between child obesity and their consumption of fast food. These studies show that children of all ages who eat at fast food restaurants eat too many empty calories (including sugars, fats, and carbohydrates).

Regardless of the fast food restaurant, whether it is part of a large chain or a mama and papa joint, the research verifies that this intake of unhealthy calories contributes to childhood obesity. It is estimated that children between the ages of four to nineteen frequent fast food restaurants enough to eat an additional, unneeded, two hundred calories at each visit.

When you do the mathematics, the results are horrific. It calculates to be a minimum of six extra pounds packed on in a year! When looking at child obesity, fast food eating surely contributes to the threats.

Fast food restaurants appeal to people of all ages, but for different reasons. When most adults pull up to a drive thru window, it's because they are too busy, or too lazy, to have a home cooked meal.

For children, fast food appeals to them because of commercials they see on television advertising the latest toy in the kid's meals. Perhaps they also enjoy the taste of fast food, but more importantly, they are anxious to see what toy they got in their kid's meal that week (most fast food locations rotate the assortment of toys every week).

Fast food restaurants use advertising tactics that draw in young customers by putting action figures in kid's meals from the latest popular movies and television shows.

For adults, it becomes a trap when they are overly busy to make dinner, and then children request to go to a fast food restaurant to obtain the newest toy.

Teens on the other hand, use fast food locations as a place to socialize. However, loitering without buying a product is usually not in the figures, so teens end up taking in huge caloric meals to hang out with friends.

Obesity research is promoting that eating healthy is better than eating fast, or getting a toy. Commercials promoting healthy eating have encouraged children to not only make healthy eating choices, but to also stay active.

This research has also been significant enough for schools to change their menus. Even the items sold in vending machines have become healthier choices.

Machines selling soft drinks and sugary foods have been eliminated, or in some cases the price increased whereas healthier choices are cheaper. It appears that the nation is starting to catch on to this problem and thinking about child obesity.