Sixty percent of children in California, ages 2 to 5, eat fast food on a weekly basis, and 1 in 10 consumes three such meals each week, according to a recent study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. "To have that many children that young eating fast food every week calls for attention," said Susan Holtby, lead author of the study and a senior researcher at the Public Health Institute in Oakland. "Those are the years where you really set the pace and set the tone for what a child's diet will be like going forward to [teen] years," she said.

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