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Applebees, IHOP remove soda from kids menus

Posted: 5:33 PM, Dec 03, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-03 22:33:01Z

Following in the footsteps of other restaurant chains striving to provide healthier menu offerings, Applebee's and IHOP are axing soda from their children's menus nationwide.

But soda lovers, don’t fret – though soft drinks won’t be listed, adults can still request them for their children if prefer to do so.
 
"We believe this is a small step in assisting parents while dining out, as parents are in the best position to determine the appropriate food and beverage choices for their children," Craig Hoffman, a spokesman for DineEquity, told ABC News in a statement. "We believe in having a broad variety of selections so our guests have a choice that best meets their needs.”
 
DineEquity is the group that owns both Applebee's and IHOP.
 
Other restaurants to make similar health-related changes to their menus include McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, Chipotle, Panera and Subway.
 
Sugar drinks like soda have been linked to a number of health concerns such as obesity and diabetes, while they’re also associated with tooth decay.
 
The newest efforts by large food chains come at a time when a third of all children in the United States are obese and over 9 percent of Americans are diabetic, according to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention..