May 25th, 2010
03:17 AM ET

Gut-buster meals get extra helping of reality

Meals that feature items like whipped-cream-topped pancakes and cheesy cheese fries with extra cheese will be "honored" at an award ceremony in Washington on Tuesday.

Winners of the "Xtreme Eating Awards" will be announced at the event, hosted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in an effort to get restaurant chains to cut back on gut-busting portions.

The winners will include 1,400-calorie breakfasts and 2,500-calorie entrees.

The nonprofit health-advocacy group said it is highlighting these belt-expanding meals to prepare restaurants for a new federal law that makes eateries label the calorie content of their meals.

Among the winners of the dubious honor last year were Red Lobster's ultimate fondue, Applebee's quesadilla burger and the Cheesecake Factory's chicken and biscuits meal.

The award ceremony and press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday and comes at the same time that First Lady Michelle Obama is leading a campaign against childhood obesity. Obama has said she is trying to reduce childhood obesity from nearly 20 percent to 5 percent by 2030.

On Tuesday, she inaugurates "The South Lawn Series" - where the White House will be opened all summer long for activities pairing local children with physical education teachers and trainers from professional teams, such as the Washington Redskins.

It is part of Michelle Obama's goal to encourage children to have at least an hour of active play each day. She will also highlight on Tuesday a report by the health and human services department that details the average level of physical activity by adults and children state by state.

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  1. smilinggreenmom

    Well I am just glad that "new" light is being shed on restaurants and the food industry as a whole. This factory food that we have all become so accustomed to is nothing but garbage and has done more harm than we can imagine I think. Our family decided about a year or so ago that we were tired of this kind of "food" and we have minimized processed foods so much and even planted our garden! We enjoy fresh fruits so much, veggies of all kinds and whole grains like Kamut Khorasan Wheat! It's just a great feeling to eat and feed my family real food. Glad to hear about awareness.

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