The USDA vowed to fight America’s obesity epidemic and has asked for help from an unlikely source: the snack and fast-food industry. The issue is becoming more of a priority as 65 percent of Americans are cited as overweight or obese.
The fast-food industry has begun to overhaul its fatty menu to offer more salads, fruits and low-fat snacks. McDonald’s has introduced “Go Active”, a Happy Meal for adults that includes salad and a tiny pedometer to encourage diners to walk. Parents who buy a Happy Meal for their child can swap French fries for a sliced apple or substitute soft drink for milk. Frito Lay has introduced chips with fewer calories, less fat and less sodium.