Kids more likely to pick healthy Happy Meals with toys

"Toys have a stronger influence on boys than girls."
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Kids are more likely to buy a healthy McDonald's Happy Meal if it comes with a toy and other meals don't.

Canadian researchers said that children were three times more likely to choose a healthier option, depending on the toy, reports

"Overall, our findings suggest that toys have a strong influence on children’s food choices,” said Erin Hobin, from the school of public health at the University of Waterloo, who led the study published Sunday in the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

“And actually we also found that the toys have a stronger influence on boys than girls.”

The Happy Meals offered were hamburgers or a chicken wrap with chips and a fizzy drink, or either of the first two choices with apple slices in caramel dipping sauce and bottled water. The kids chose the healthier option.

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