McDonald’s Not So Happy Meals

McDonald's logoLooks like Mickey D’s is about to undergo another round of public and media lashing now that childhood obesity is a major priority in Washington. As the Los Angeles Times reports, a watchdog group says giving away toys with Happy Meals contributes to childhood obesity and threatens to sue:

Weeks after a Silicon Valley county became the first in the nation to ban toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children, a public health watchdog group called on the fast food giant to remove the playthings from all its meal packages.

Citing toys aimed at promoting the latest “Shrek” movie, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said that the plastic promotions lure children into McDonald’s restaurants where they are then likely to order food that is too high in calories, fat and salt.

The organization on Tuesday served the fast food giant with a letter expressing its intent to sue if toys are not removed. The letter is legally required in several states, including California, before lawsuits can be brought under consumer protection statutes.

“McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children,” Stephen Gardner, litigation director for the advocacy group said in a statement. “McDonald’s use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children’s developmental immaturity.”

McDonald’s disagreed strongly with that characterization, saying that its meals were “right-sized for kids” and that it offered healthful choices. Toys, said spokesman William Whitman, are “just one part of a fun, family experience at McDonald’s.”…

[continues in the Los Angeles Times]

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  • Cerebralcaustic

    >“McDonald’s use of toys undercuts parental authority…”

    Bullshit. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.

    Bullshit!

    Parents can say NO. Parents can refuse to pay for Happy Meals, or for anything else their children prefer.

    Too many parents these days are lazy, and lack the guts required to raise responsible children. But a lot of parents would rather not deal with tantrums or disciple; would rather not devote time and effort to making healthy meals; would rather not take a look in the mirror and start accountability with themselves.

    No, it's always someone else's fault in modern America…

    • http://www.theamericanbookofthedead.com Henry Baum

      For once, I agree with you. Perhaps the watchdog should sue parents for pumping their kids full of crap.

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      No kidding. If you can't refuse your kid a cheap plastic piece of crap, then there are deeper problems that need to be addressed.

  • Word Eater

    Because the government should be parenting our kids not parents!

    Wait, what?

    • John Brown

      The only reason the government has been concerned about fast food, salt content in foods and so forth is for one reason and one reason only…. a fat Yank piece of shite is no good on the battle field half way around the world.

      • stuey

        It’s more about keeping people alive and healthy enough to be able to pay taxes. Not so healthy though, just not quite..dead. Still though this is ridiculous.

  • http://www.perfectoled.com electronic display

    McDonald’s disagreed strongly with that characterization, saying that its meals were “right-sized for kids” and that it offered healthful choices.

  • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

    No kidding. If you can’t refuse your kid a cheap plastic piece of crap, then there are deeper problems that need to be addressed.

  • Jessi

    I wonder. Are they banning other toys in meals other than the McDonald toys? Many other places, not just “fast food drive thrus” have toys with their kid’s meals that are equally unhealthy.

  • Jessi

    I wonder. Are they banning other toys in meals other than the McDonald toys? Many other places, not just “fast food drive thrus” have toys with their kid’s meals that are equally unhealthy.

  • stuey

    It’s more about keeping people alive and healthy enough to be able to pay taxes. Not so healthy though, just not quite..dead. Still though this is ridiculous.

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