Given the large role restaurant foods play in children’s diets and parents’ desire for healthier options, Denny’s should support healthy eating for children. Denny’s should remove sugary drinks from its kids' menu, improve its children’s food offerings, and eliminate marketing that encourages sugary drink consumption by children, like themed character cups.
Children eat about a quarter of their calories from restaurants. When kids eat out, they typically consume more calories, added sugars, and sugary drinks and fewer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains than when they eat at home. Given the large role restaurant foods play in children’s diets and the high demand by parents for healthier options for their kids, restaurants should do more to support healthy eating for children.