Is Ronald McDonald making kids fat?

Pamela - posted on 05/24/2011 ( 112 moms have responded )

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Do you think Ronald McDonald and all the fast food advertising is making our kids fat? Or, should we as parents, be able to say no to demanding kids when they want a Happy Meal?

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Mimi - posted on 05/24/2011

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No I dont think he's making our kids fat. I find the whole idea ridiculous. It's up to parents to teach kids resposible and healthy eating habits. A happy meal every now and then wont make a kid fat. Eating junk every day will.

Katherine - posted on 06/06/2011

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Everyone knows McDonalds isn't healthy. We know it's loaded with fat and sodium, and just like sugar and butter, it's good. It tastes good, and that's why people eat it.

That's why everyone on here is saying to eat it sparingly and use it as a treat for their kids. No one on here has said that McDonalds is healthy.

Shawnn - posted on 06/06/2011

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But, Jen, as a free citizen, you have every right NOT to patronize an establishment. Therefore, by blaming a corporation for doing what they do, and "not changing" (which, they have made steps to change, should you care to look into it), you are still pushing blame onto a 3rd party and saying that there is no personal responsibility involved.

Katherine was making an allusion to a similar issue. The people who leave their carts in the middle of the lot, are A LOT like parents who choose McDs because it's "easier".

Katherine - posted on 06/06/2011

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"I believe that corporations that mislead if not downright lie about their products should be held accountable for their actions. Have you seen, for example, the latest add from McDonald's that shows a mother bringing home chicken McNuggets for her family's dinner? She calls people to dinner, but no one answers. She then calls out that it's McDonald's and the table is full of healthy and happy family members, just thrilled with their wonderful Mommy."



What it comes down to is that McDonald's is a business. Are we going to crack down on all businesses because they make their products appealing to their consumers?



Another fact that seems to be forgotten in the blame game is that people get lazy. It's not enough to have a habbit of eating healthy, if you are neglecting exercise. Why doesn't anyone blame the person who leaves their cart in the middle of a parking space, when the cart stall is only two parking spaces away. Then there are the people who leave merchandise on some random shelf when they could walk the two extra feet to put it back.



Are we going to blame that on McDonalds as well?

Lindsay - posted on 06/06/2011

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I don't think fast food advertising is making kids fat! It's the parent's that won't tell their kids NO that are making kids fat! My kids don't get mcdonalds or fast food every time they want it! We eat fast food MAYBE 4 times a month! My oldest will ask for McDonalds when we haven't had lunch and i'm running a little late and I simply let him know that we will be home in just a few minutes and I will make linch when we get there! I'm not going to give into my kids because they whine when they don't get what they want! I tell them no and they will either deal with it or they will get over it! Life isn't fair and they aren't always going to get what they want, and my kids know that!

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Casey - posted on 08/10/2011

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I think that its all on the parents. Its not the fast food advertising that is making the kids fat. Its just like any other business that advertises its just to get people to come in. The dession to do so is all on the parents. McDonalds as a treat or in a pinch to get the kids fed is ok on occasion. The decision is up to you. Most McDonald's have play areas and most of the advertisements are trying to promote an active life style. I do not think Ronald McDonald is making kids fat.

Denikka - posted on 08/08/2011

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I totally agree that it's on the parents. And I think that's in more ways than just allowing your own kids to have fast food on a frequent basis.
Society has become all about laziness and convenience. It is way too easy to order out when you don't feel like cooking and super difficult to find a healthy option instead of pizza/burgers/chinese etc.
Healthy options are significantly more difficult to find with the same convenience that most junk food comes with. Granola and cereal bars are a perfect example. Great snack, easy to grab on the go. But most are filled with junk. Or pre-made snack lunches. Good luck finding a healthy alternative that you can just buy and go.

Add to the convenience the fact that the masses are not well educated about healthy eating, and the junk industry is having a field day. They throw some little so-called healthy alternative in (like the caramel and apples or the *salads* at McD's), market the hell out of it as *healthy* and most people are just sucked right in.
We need a bigger push from a whole lot of people for truly healthy stuff. I respect Jamie Oliver for what he's trying to do with the Food Revolution. We need more people playing on his team, demanding to know the real facts about what's in our food and fighting for a healthier change over all.

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NO! Fast food industries are not making kids "fat". It is our jobs as a parent to limit these items & get our kids MOVING. If they see us sitting around not being active then they will do the same thing. As parents we need to be more proactive about these type's of things & quit trying to place the blame elsewhere.

Teresa - posted on 08/05/2011

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I don't take my son to Mcdonald's except as a treat. Example: My husband and I a dn a couple-friend of ours took our sons to see the nSmurf movie. After we took them to McD's mainly because they had the new Smurf toys. I feed him at home. Now the "grandma's (AKA-the Marshmallows) were taking him EVERY DAY after school! I was afraid I'd wake up and instead of my sweet boy in his bed, there would be a big chicken nugget with legs! I've convinced them that every day is too much, especially when he got to the point of not even eating the happy meal or opening the toy. It was just a routine. Even after all that. My son is 7, about 4 1/2 feet and 45 lbs. His dr. says he's a great weight for his height ( I am 5'9" @ 140 and dad is 6'4 @ 180 so our son has no choice but to be long and lanky). STill i feed him at home most and he is very active! So I think it is more the lifestyle than it is the clown.

Leanne - posted on 06/12/2011

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my 3 year old loves to have chips at macs and a play but she also knows that its a treat so no ronald is not the cours ok so thy advertise it so much but thy do not advertise happy meals to intice kids i belive it is up to mums and dads to limet how much thy have

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 06/10/2011

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I'm going to jump in and say that some people are vegatarians and die from diseases anyway. My grandma was practically a Vegan most of her life and she still had a stroke and died from stomach Cancer. Meat had nothing to do with it.
What most people don't try to do is find a healthy medium. To some people meat is murder but to others it's dinner. At my house we don't eat much meat because my husband has gout (Yeah I know it sounds like an old ppl issue, but it can affect younger ppl too) and the uric acid produced by the red meat makes it act up more. So we eat a lot of chicken instead along with fruits and vegatables. I eat more fish, but my 6 year old and my husband don't like that.
And I still say what I said before, unless your kids are EATTING Ronald or the clown is force feeding your kids don't blame the advertising, blame yourself.

Pamela - posted on 06/10/2011

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Shawn, the article is getting more and more interesting the more you ladies discuss the topic! :)

Lisa - posted on 06/09/2011

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I think that it is up to the parents to control what goes into their childrens mouths. It's all about self control!

Katherine - posted on 06/09/2011

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Jen, I have to know who you are trying to convince? Are we not saying McDonalds is unhealthy enough? Why the personal attacks?

I hardly see how someone's inability to gain wait should make eating meat a bad thing. Are they more likely to gain wait on fruits and vegetables? And I can't see you winning an arguement attacking someone's faith.

Could you just let us know who is not convinced, so that we can direct our comments to that person?

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2011

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I just have to add, Jenn, that the "evil" fast food companies DID NOT put guns to our heads and say EAT THIS NOW! They can advertise all the want, we DO NOT HAVE to eat it! Just like a classamate, or peer trying to get our kids to do drugs, they appeal to our fun side, and TRY to get us/them to do the drugs but you/they don't HAVE to do them! Fast Food is fun, easy, and bad for you mostly, but someone can tell you all they want how yummy it is but YOU DON'T HAVE TO EAT IT!

Parents need to stop believing crap about food, and just do the best they can to give their kids a healthy goal! Basically Jenn is saying we all are too dumb, and naive and we fall for anything, some do, but if they do it's not the food companies fault, it's the parents of the parents that told them to fall for anything that are at fault!

Companies should not be MADE to stop advertising, just because there are people out there who were not raised right! Stop blaming the companies, they can advertise til the cows come home because they know there are people out there that were not raised to think for themselves! The people to blame are PARENTS who neglect to teach their kids to think for themselves and to make choice that are best for their health! NOT FAST FOOD COMPANIES!

Lisa - posted on 06/09/2011

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Mc Donalds CAN do their part to help by NOT cooking their all their food in a deep fat fryer. If you watch in a kebab shop they sit the burgers on a griddle so the fat seeps out, what is wrong with mc donalds doing the same. I understand that it is harder to do with the chips but why does EVERYTHING have to be cooked in fat.

Nuggets and fish fingers need not be cooked in fat, they do not need to add so much salt to the chips (salt is bad for the colestoral) why not do what KFC do offer sachets of salt.



If i decide to cook chips, nuggets or burgers for my kids, i cook the burgers on a tray so the fat can drip through to the bottom and it cooks the chips at the same time, i am not adding any extra fat or salt to my meals so why does Mc Donalds have to???



But i state again if parents are responsible enough not to give in to our childrens whining then children wont end up fat. Its is the parents responsibility to say NO and not to offer fatty, unhealthy meals to their kids. We as parents are making children fat, no company or advertising.



So think the next time you take you child to Mc Donalds or any other place, How many unhealthy meals have my kids had this week?

Mine have had none



Oh and Shawn if you were to ask my 7yr old son if a cow or a pig are cute then he would say "yes" to you, he thinks all animals are cute. And also Both my boys have a high motabilism but that does not mean i will feed them on Mc Donalds and all the other junk food you can find.

Shawnn - posted on 06/09/2011

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Jen, I'm not going to argue with you further. Yes, the SG is blatantly incorrect to assume that fast food is jumping into our children's mouths, thus causing an obesity epidemic! Again, pushing the real responsibility away from the adults who should be shouldering it.

NEVER did I say that children, and respectively, the health of children is not important, but thanks for reading WAY too much into my statement. And, if God didn't give us animals for food to sustain us, what are they here for? To be cute? I don't know if you've actually looked at a heifer, or sow lately, but they are most definitely not cute. And. I’m not sure how attacking my faith is relevant here. I am simply posting my views and opinions, as are you, and trying to have an open discussion. However, an open discussion requires an open mind on both sides, and I am having trouble believing that you have an open mind, when you refuse to acknowledge other views and opinions.

Would you be happier if everyone was a vegetarian, and no restaurants existed other than vegetarian establishments? It seems so. Would you like to have the government so involved in your life that you can’t even turn around without them telling you to? Because we are headed that way, believe it or not…welcome to Nazi America very, very soon if we continue to allow over regulation into our lives, and remove responsibility from the people who should be taking it.

I am not arguing that there is an obesity problem in the US. However, I am pointing out that McDonalds did not cause the problem, nor are they the sole source of “evil” fast food (as you term it), or the sole advertising campaign regarding the same! A variety of factors contribute to obesity, and until people realize that, nothing’s going to help. Factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, genetics, disease, etc. I know kids who haven’t had an ounce of fast food in their lives, yet are still obese. So, by your argument, since McD’s is the cause of obesity, how did these kids get fat? If the SG is right, then how did fast food make someone fat who doesn’t consume it?

I maintain my position that the US GOVERNMENT has other things to worry about, such as war and deficit, otherwise we will soon be in no better condition than the lowest 3rd world country, and less able to address other issues. Let the physicians and parents deal with what is, truly, their responsibility. I, for one, do not want to live in the Nazi states of America, thank you. Especially when I, as a parent DO watch what my kids eat, and make sure that they are involved in healthy activities.

Each to her own, I guess.

Jen - posted on 06/09/2011

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Shawnn, you have a hard time GAINING weight and you believe that God gave us cows and other animals for meat? You think the deficit spending and wars going on are more important than our children's collective health? You are calling the Surgeon General of the U.S. blatantly incorrect? I can only shake my head in disbelief. There's nothing to debate here -- you can't argue with faith.

If you believe the Surgeon General is wrong, please tell us what medical studies you are using to back up this claim.

I know parents have to take responsibility for their own children. However, there is a reason McDonald's spends millions on advertising and makes billions off their really bad for you products. The advertising works. Kind of like your bible -- if you really believe what you read under the influence of a particular faith, there's no argument you will accept against it.

Madeline - posted on 06/09/2011

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Defiantly agree with saying No, you might have to say it a few times, but just be firm... These bright advertisements make our children look, I hardly ever get fast food, its so un healthy and home cooked meals are so much yummier. Say no and be consistent all the way. Good luck... Take away food is a treat not a requirement.

Jennifer - posted on 06/07/2011

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No, us as the parents have to teach our children how to eat healthy foods and we decide what is going into our kids mouths. It is better for a kid to have sandwiches and fruits for lunch and a cooked meal for dinner. I think parents are getting lazy and not putting the effort into preparing food for there kids when it is so easy to grab a happy meal so it is parents who are getting our kids fat!!

Krista - posted on 06/07/2011

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Ok, I don't usually like to do this but it has to be said.... HELLL NO Mcdonald's is not making kids fat. The parents that think it's ok that their kid spend ever spare minute of the day that they have sitting in front of the tv after eating McDonalds. My kids eat Mcdonalds, and they aren't fat. Parents need to start realizing that outside time is GREAT for kids, they natually have high metabolisms and keeping them active will keep their bodies in that condition, Encourage sports, and lots of healthy outside time. Freeze Tag, Regular Tag, Hide-N-Seek, Hop Scotch, all wonderful outside play that won't cost you any money, and will keep the kids active and interested in doing more things than sit in front of the TV watching movies or playing games.

Lisa - posted on 06/07/2011

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Fast food can only make kids fat if it is brought and given to them. We as parents have to be able to say no to our kids and stand firm on it. If we are giving into our kids every demand that's putting the cart in front of the horse. Who is controlling who? Fast food as a treat on weekend is ok but still not every weekend either.......

OhJessie - posted on 06/07/2011

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Thomas Naughton, who filmed the documentary "FatHead" which counters much of Spurlock, asked his mother how often he would have eaten at McDonald's if he could. She said every day. He asked how often she let them eat there, and she said once a week. He asked, "What if I'd held my breath until you let me?" She laughed and said "You would have probably passed out." Heh. McDonald's isn't the devil ;) Besides, so long as you don't eat it every day (and get sick of it, bleh) it's goood!

Katherine - posted on 06/07/2011

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People are just as likely to become obese eating at home as they are eating at McDonalds. It's about what we eat. How much we eat.



If it's so evil, suppose we got ride of McDonalds, what then? We have Burger King, Wendys, Jack in the Box, Dairy Queen, Sonic, Hardees, etc. and those are just the places you can buy burgers and fries. You can make all that stuff at home.



So, if the need is to rid the world of McDonalds, remember, the other restaurants were waiting for just such an occasion so that they could rise up and become the number one evil.

OhJessie - posted on 06/07/2011

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Except Morgan Spurlock is a proven liar, and many if not most of his claims have been thoroughly, utterly debunked. His "facts" are largely lies.

Selecia - posted on 06/07/2011

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I do not think that a child being overweight has anything to do with Ronald McDonald's fast food advertising. I personally think that this is just a way for the parents to blame someone else for their irresponsibility. To many parents are so focused on being their child's friend versus being their parent. They need to be told no and they need to know who is the parent. I think that a lot parents are confusing the lines between loving your child and letting your child get his/her way. Just because you tell them that they cannot have something does not mean that you do not love your child, it just means that you are being a parent.

People just need to stop looking at the children as what they call "little people" or equals and just look at them for what they are and that is a child. With that said, they need to stay in a child's place. It's not about what they want. It's about what they need. We as parents need to take responsibility. In this case, if you are so concern with what your kids are eating then you as a parent need to control their menu by cooking more instead of going to the fast food places all of the time.

Selecia

Shawnn - posted on 06/07/2011

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Jen, we understand your point. However, that still does not take personal responsibility and genetics out of the picture. Skinny people are just as at risk for diabetes as heavy people are.

You need to realize that the tactics used by the "super size me" people are partially scare tactics to disturb you!

I still stand by my opinion that, even though the ads are enticing, the PARENT, as the ADULT IN THE SITUATION is where the blame should fall, NOT the corporations that advertise enticingly. That's like saying that if someone advertised meth enticingly enough, (and more people become addicted) that they should be absolved of personal responsibility because of the advertising, which is just ridiculous!

I also take into consideration the fact that Michael Moore ("SuperSize Me") is a known discontent, and somewhat shaky on being able to actually back up some of his claims, and making horribly outrageous claims just to get attention for his films.

And, I’m sorry to say, your statistics do not scare me, nor do they make me want to change my eating habits! If anything, I want all of the calories, all of the taste (1/2 the salt), and all of the other “horrible” byproducts! (of course, I also have a problem gaining weight, so…) You also attack meat consumption! My response to that is beef has been raised by my family for generations! We are a 4th generation ranching family. God gave us cows, and other meat producing animals to help us sustain our bodies.

For the surgeon general to say that “fast food is a major contributor to obesity” is blatantly incorrect. ADULTS CHOOSING TO FEED THEIR CHILDREN FAST FOOD DAILY are the major contributors!

I have said it before, and will say it again…If you don’t want to eat it, don’t! If you don’t want to feed it to your kids, DON’T! But please don’t try to make the rest of us feel bad or irresponsible because we DO choose to partake of fast food occasionally, and please understand that, the ultimate responsibility for eating right rests with the individual, NOT a corporation.

I, for one, don’t think we need more government regulation of something as trivial as food. When all of the REST of the country’s problems are fixed (deficit, war, etc) THEN we’ll have the time to attack some of these issues.
Just my opinion.

Mary - posted on 06/07/2011

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It's not the fast food chains that are making our kids fat. It's the parents who refuse to make them a homemade meal at home and always eat out. If they would learn to go out once a month and cook the kids homemade meals then we wouldn't have obese children. It's called responsibility of a parent to see that their children get the correct balance of the food groups. yes I take my kids out to eat, but I only do it once a month if that. People need to stop blaming the outside people for how their children eat and start takin the blame themselves.

Jen - posted on 06/07/2011

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Fast food facts from the Super Size Me Web site

Each day, 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant
In 1972, we spent 3 billion a year on fast food - today we spend more than $110 billion
McDonald's feeds more than 46 million people a day - more than the entire population of Spain
French fries are the most eaten vegetable in America
You would have to walk for seven hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fry and Big Mac
In the U.S., we eat more than 1,000,000 animals an hour
60 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese
One in every three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime
Left unabated, obesity will surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in America
Obesity has been linked to: Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Adult Onset Diabetes, Stroke, Gall Bladder Disease, Osteoarthritis, Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Problems, Endometrial, Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancers, Dyslipidemia, steatohepatitis, insulin resistance, breathlessness, Asthma, Hyperuricaemia, reproductive hormone abnormalities, polycystic ovarian syndrome, impaired fertility and lower back pain
The average child sees 10,000 TV advertisements per year
Only seven items on McDonald's entire menu contain no sugar
Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald - he was fired for being too fat
McDonald's distributes more toys per year than Toys-R-Us
Diabetes will cut 17-27 years off your life
McDonald's: "Any processing our foods undergo make them more dangerous than unprocessed foods"
The World Health Organization has declared obesity a global epidemic
Eating fast food may be dangerous to your health
McDonald's calls people who eat a lot of their food "heavy users"
McDonald's operates more than 30,000 restaurants in more then 100 countries on 6 continents
Before most children can speak they can recognize McDonald's
Surgeon General David Satcher: "Fast food is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic"
Most nutritionists recommend not eating fast food more than once a month
40 percent of American meals are eaten outside the home
McDonald's represents 43% of total U.S. fast food market

Alexandria - posted on 06/07/2011

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! It is our job as the parents to raise our children and watch what they eat. Watching what our children put in their mouth is no different than anything else we allow our children to do. McDonald's is no different from ANY other food chain in the business. We have to be the one's to say "No" to the fast food and junk food that we so often allow our kids to eat just because we dont feel like fighting or listening to the whining and tantrum throwing but that is our job as the parents. Saying "NO" is just part of being the right kind of parent. Every now and then it is okay to reward children with these but WE AS THE PARENTS are the ones who have to take the responsibility for our children, stop leaving it up to everyone else. I'm sorry if I sound a little "preachy" this just happens to be a big pet-peave of mine!!! LOL

Erika - posted on 06/07/2011

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absolutely not! When I was a kid I would go to mcdonalds almost once a week and I take my son once every couple of months. He likes it and I still enjoy it but we don't go everyday. Everything in moderation. People really need to take responsibility for their own mistakes

Julie - posted on 06/06/2011

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no its not the adverts. every thing is advertised it is the will power of the people not to buy it. if you give in to demand then expect to see the consequences. kids should learn the word no and its meaning. if they ask and you say no they should accept it. yes we have a few tantrums on the way to learning the menaing of the word but dont give in. everything in moderation is fine its the binging thats the problem and the continued use of fast food places instead of your own kitchen.

OhJessie - posted on 06/06/2011

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To the title question - no. But should you be able to say no? Yes. Hard as it may be, that's our job. Anyone who buys into the Spurlockian myth, I think FatHead the documentary is mandatory watching - it's available on netflix instant watch, even.

Jen - posted on 06/06/2011

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I never ever wrote that we do not have personal responsibility. I said that it's not black or white. And it's not. Personal responsibility does not trump corporate citizenship/responsibility.

Jen - posted on 06/06/2011

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Katherine, McDonald's food is full of fat and sodium -- it's bad for you. It doesn't have to be. McDonald's could continue to make their billions and also provide food that won't kill us.

And how would leaving a grocery cart in the parking lot or leaving a grocery item in the wrong shelf or aisle have to do with McDonald's?

It has nothing to do with it. You're making the point that we have become lazy -- as a nation we exercise less, we actually move less than we used to and less than we should. That's all true.

But it doesn't absolve corporations of civic responsibility. McDonald's could choose to be a good corporate citizen. The corporation's chiefs choose not to be. And yes, I blame them for that.

Clara - posted on 06/06/2011

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If the children and I are out or very busy I get them a happy meal,My children are not over weight,My children are very active they we play outside alot,being over weight is more gentics then any food you can eat.

Christiana - posted on 06/06/2011

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I don't thinks McDonald's are making kids fat. There job is to sell their products and they do it quit well. It's our job as parents to educate our children about what foods are good and to be able to tell them no. Taking them to McD as a treat once in awhile isn't going to hurt them & if we teach them to make good choices while there.

Lisa - posted on 06/06/2011

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At the end of the day it is how you are brought up to how you feed your kids with some exceptions.

I have noticed some people feed their kids on junk food or fast food all the time because that is how they were brought up, why should they change the habbit of a life time?
Then you get people who were fed on junk or fast food and think i want better for my kids, i will look into the healthy option change the habit of a life time, good choice.
Then there are people (like myself) who very rarely knew what a takeaway was or Mc Donalds (before i was 13) because my parents cooked me healthy meals and my mum knew what went in them.
For a while when i moved out of my mum and dads i lived on takeaways got bored and started cooking for myself (cheaper option too). I now have 2 boys and a baby girl, My oldest has ADHD so i am very vigilant about what he eats, so maybe once a month we get a takeaway. I am very lucky that my children dont like chips and fatty foods on a regular basis (even if i make them myself which is healthier).

Like i said earlier it is down to the parents actually being able to say "no" to their children. If parents want to give into the whining then thats there choice but they then need to take responsibility for making their children obese and not blaming the food or the companies they get the food from

Lisa - posted on 06/06/2011

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At the end of the day it is how you are brought up to how you feed your kids with some exceptions.

I have noticed some people feed their kids on junk food or fast food all the time because that is how they were brought up, why should they change the habbit of a life time?
Then you get people who were fed on junk or fast food and think i want better for my kids, i will look into the healthy option change the habit of a life time, good choice.
Then there are people (like myself) who very rarely knew what a takeaway was or Mc Donalds (before i was 13) because my parents cooked me healthy meals and my mum knew what went in them.
For a while when i moved out of my mum and dads i lived on takeaways got bored and started cooking for myself (cheaper option too). I now have 2 boys and a baby girl, My oldest has ADHD so i am very vigilant about what he eats, so maybe once a month we get a takeaway. I am very lucky that my children dont like chips and fatty foods on a regular basis (even if i make them myself which is healthier).

Like i said earlier it is down to the parents actually being able to say "no" to their children. If parents want to give into the whining then thats there choice but they then need to take responsibility for making their children obese and not blaming the food or the companies they get the food from

Shawnn - posted on 06/06/2011

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I think that (IMO) the problem is that people are not differentiating between whose responsibility it is to educate parents on proper nutrition.

That is NOT McD's job, nor is it any other restaurant or fast food joint's job. That job is up to the parents, their support group, and the pediatricians that care for their children.

If someone is waiting to get a proper education from a tv commercial or printed ad, then they are going to be waiting a long, long time.

Tara - posted on 06/06/2011

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I do not feel that it is Ronald McDonald and all the fast food advertising that is making our children fat it is parenting and the way we are raising our children that is making them fat. Children should be taught good eating happits and about healthy and unhealthy foods. It is up to parents to teach there children how to eat fast food and junk food and sweets in moderation and in a healthy way. If children are taught about healthy eatting habbits at a younger age they can make better choices throught out there lives.

Tricia - posted on 06/06/2011

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I think that the lack of education is the problem. When the "Happy Meal" came out...that was actually the size hamburger, fries and drink that was served to the adults. The Happy Meal should be the adult size portion and we all order "one" Happy Meal per child that we have. If all parents knew this....maybe then our children wouldn't be so over weight. Watch food labels, especially how many "fat grams" is in what you are eating. Many fast food items contain almost the entire amount allowed for an adult women or man for a day in ONE meal. This isn't just McDonald's either. Some restaurants salad dressings contain 20 grams of fat in just 2 Tbsp. That is just un-exceptable!

Shawnn - posted on 06/06/2011

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Actually, Jen, I don't watch commercials. I rarely pay attention to anything on the boob tube. If parents are falling for the lies, it still is their responsibility! And, to be quite honest, I can't buy into the "fast food is responsible" nonsense, since I, myself, ate McD's 2 meals a day for 3 years straight, and never gained weight. I weighed 97 lbs when I started, and 98 when I left...

If parents cannot take responsibility for what they feed their children, if they must blame their choices on advertising campaigns, and restaurant choices, then there is a MUCH bigger issue t hat needs addressing. The issue in question is parental responsibility. How far are you willing to push that responsibility off on a 3rd party?

"Have you ever watched Fast Food Nation? Or read it? What they put in the food, how it's made, how they advertise, and the resulting skyrocketing obesity and diabetes -- this is what I lay at McDonald's feet." You are pushing personal responsibility onto corporations. NOWHERE in corporate law does it say that their ad campaigns have to be pristine. It's the attention grabbing that they are going for, and if a parent falls for that, I'm sorry, but it STILL is not the corporation's fault! If you are certain of the horrible ingredients, you shouldn't feed your kids from that venue. But, EVERY person who is a parent should be adult enough to say "it's my responsibility, NOT that of McDonalds, or BK, or Wendy's, to make proper nutritional choices for my kids." This (in a way) goes back to the original "hot coffee" lawsuit...you ordered COFFEE, which is normally served HOT...do you REALLY need another warning label saying "caution, it's hot"?

And if you don't "expect all parents to know as much," then it is in your expectations, still not the corporation's fault...

Jen - posted on 06/06/2011

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Good for you, Lindsay. I don't think it's that cut and dried, but I can see I'm in the minority here. Glad you never give in to your kids' whining. I am just not that willing to expect all parents to know as much as you do or be as strict as you are.

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Shawnn Lively,

I believe that corporations that mislead if not downright lie about their products should be held accountable for their actions. Have you seen, for example, the latest add from McDonald's that shows a mother bringing home chicken McNuggets for her family's dinner? She calls people to dinner, but no one answers. She then calls out that it's McDonald's and the table is full of healthy and happy family members, just thrilled with their wonderful Mommy.

Have you ever watched Fast Food Nation? Or read it? What they put in the food, how it's made, how they advertise, and the resulting skyrocketing obesity and diabetes -- this is what I lay at McDonald's feet.

Of course, parents should educate themselves and make healthful choices. When multi-billion dollar industries are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to convince you that McDonald's is a reasonable dinner choice, however, I give parents some slack.

We have to choose our battles with respect to our kids. If they're whining about going to McDonald's and doing their homework, and you feel like you can only fight about one more thing at the end of a long day... You pick the homework fight and drive to the local Micky D's. After all, they have salad there, right? And apples dipped in caramel are just as good as apples, right? I mean, at least there's lettuce on the Quarter Pounders and French Fries are made of potatoes, a vegetable... right?

It's too easy to turn around and blame parents for buying the hype that is put out there day after day after day after day. It's too convenient to just write off the advertising campaigns as pandering to the uneducated or just plain stupid. There's a reason why McDonald's pays so much to advertise. It works.

And that is why McDonald's should have to pay.

Respectfully,
Jen Goldszmidt
momofzoe.com

Shawnn - posted on 06/06/2011

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Jen Goldszmidt,

Why should McDonalds have to pay for anything? They DO NOT FORCE anyone to eat their food! You say that a parent should be responsible, but then turn right around and say "but McD's should pay for increasing obesity"...

No, McDonalds should NOT have to pay anyone for anything, when it is the decision of an adult to eat there! Most toddlers through 14 cannot drive themselves to McD's, and once they can bike, it's still an ADULT they are getting the money from, unless they are using allowance, etc. However, McDonalds is NOT sending a van around, grabbing kids and forcing them to eat!

I am sorry, but responsibility starts, and ends at home, not in the restaurant.

Alyne - posted on 06/06/2011

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NO he is not. Moderation people. It is ok for kids to indulge occasionally. I would not recommend it every day but Happy Meals are a treat and therefore, they should be able to have them!! Enjoy!!!

Jamie - posted on 06/06/2011

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NO. Parents not feeding their kids healthfully, or making sure they play outside, makes America's kids fat. We as parents should just plain manage, aka parent, our kids and what we give them to eat. We also need to make sure that there's plenty of time given to playing away from the computer, TV, or Nintendos... and no, I'm not going to blame Nintendo for making kids fat either.

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I think we need to stop blaming Ronald McDonald and all the fast food places and start taking responsibility as parents. If we as parents didn't take our children to these place to eat, our children wouldn't eat it. It bothers me when people put blame on others so they don't have to face the truth. Once in a while is ok. I understand fast foods places are convenient places to take our families out for dinner but it shouldn't be all the time. I am a mother of a 7 year old boy who plays baseball and when we have games on weekdays, I take my family out to eat because it's convenient and quick. I also plan quick meals for days like that so we aren't eating out all the time. Parents need to just take responsibility and stop blaming others. Point blank.

Lisa - posted on 06/06/2011

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It is down to the parents, if you choose to feed you're kids on chips, burgers and happy meals and all the junk food then kids are going to get fat. If you integrate it into a balanced diet then it wont be so fattening.

I have 2 very demanding boys (in different ways) but they know not to ask for Mc Donalds. If i do allow my children to have a happy meal i always ask for the chips not to be salted becuase i stood there one day and 7 different people salted the chips, talk about over do it big time.



Like Jen Goldszmidt says their advertising misleads and lies exactly the same as nutella.



It is down to the parents to be able to say "no" to their children and stick to what they say otherwise who is in control of the family certainly not the adults.

Stephanie - posted on 06/06/2011

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If you give you kids McDonalds ever day then you have a real problem. I only take my son to McDonalds once and a while.

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