McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys Spark Lawsuit Threat

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
6/30/2010 3:00 PM   :  267 comments   :  20,168 Views

Last month I wrote a blog regarding the Santa Clara County California Board of Supervisors voting to ban toys in kid’s meals unless the restaurant establishments offered healthier alternatives from which kids could choose. And it looks as though the momentum to put an end to this practice of using toys in kid’s meals isn't stopping there.

Just last week the non-profit organization, Center for Science in the Public Interest, made an announcement that if McDonald’s fails to stop the promotion of toys in their Happy Meals, the organization will file a suit citing, “unfair and deceptive marketing practices,” which is in violation of many states' consumer protection laws. And it doesn’t matter if the meals offer healthier options. CSPI wants the toys banned all together.

Toy promotions, especially those geared toward a recent movie release like Shrek, are big attractions for kids. And while it may appear to be a benign rite of passage for many of these children, experts believe that these promotions do more than just sell a toy; they feed into the kid’s desire for high fat, high salt and high sugar foods for a lifetime—a habit that may take years to undo.

On my recent trip to Seattle, I had the opportunity to sit next to two young boys, ages 8 and 11, traveling to visit their grandparents for summer vacation. They were quite curious as to what I was writing about while we made the four-hour trek from Dallas to Seattle. I asked the boys, "If McDonald’s quit offering toys in their Happy Meals, would you still want to go there?" In unison, they said yes. They love McDonald’s chicken nuggets toy or no toy.

This generation of kids, and those much older, are accustomed to toy giveaways in their kid’s meals. Perhaps, with the increased rate of obesity, consumer groups aren’t looking to drastically alter the behaviors of this generation, but the habits of future generations.

While I am all for healthier options, I do wonder why McDonald’s is the target for this potential lawsuit. Is the Center for Science in the Public Interest singling out Mickey D’s because of their mass popularity? What about Wendy’s and Burger King?

To me this is a very slippery slope. Kids do not have the ability to drive themselves to these fast food eateries. And while I would like to say advertising does play some role in this, parents have the biggest role in telling their kids no. It’s not easy being a parent these days, but it is our responsibility to teach our kids healthy habits. If parents quit taking their kids there, then McDonald’s or any other restaurant may be forced to change their business practices.

And you must ask yourself how far do we want to take this. What if these groups start dictating to other companies how to conduct their businesses? What about the candy that is so conveniently placed next to the register at your local Walmart, Target or grocery store? What about the movie theater where one is greeted with popcorn, soda and candy the minute you walk into the establishment?

It all comes down, yet again, to personal responsibility and accountability. I cannot blame McDonald’s, Wendy’s or Taco Bell for my previous issues with my weight. No one forced me to drive and do business at these establishments. Lawsuits only drive up the costs, not only for the company being sued, but for others as the threat of a potential lawsuit looms over their heads. It comes down to choices—and we as consumers have a choice to say no.

Do you think lawsuits, or the threat of lawsuits, will alter the way restaurants do business? How do you feel about outside consumer groups taking on fast food restaurants, even when these restaurants offer healthier options? How far should these restaurants have to go to avoid being sued or having the threat of a lawsuit hang over their heads?


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  • PSALM42
    267
    No. Our country is being run by large companies and so many choices of ours have been taken away. We need to be allowed to make our own choices. - 4/18/2011   2:48:04 PM
  • 266
    I remember how excited I was when I was old enough to order off of the regular menu instead of the kid menu. I was in my early teens and that first Big Mac had me hooked. It was never about the toy, it was always the food. As I have gotten older and have more choice on my food options, I rarely eat at McD anymore, but I still enjoy a fast food burger now and then.

    Taking away the toy will not change anything and it seems that we will always have the government telling us what to do until people own up to their bad decisions and start making choices for themselves. - 4/17/2011   12:22:52 PM
  • MAY-2011
    265
    This is crazy. Toys are not a controlled substance. I guess next they will be suing over the container it comes in. It's been a long time, but I remember the toy and the box being an additional appeal of the happy meal. Wait a minute, they're going to have to sue to remove the play equipment attached to the store too. Also, the bright kid friendly colors inside the restaurant are going to have to be included in the suit. Obviously, anything attractive to children must go since the parents have no input into the lunch location decision. If you don't like the toys in the Happy Meals then don't buy it for YOUR kid. Sometimes people need to mind their own business. - 1/6/2011   1:16:13 AM
  • 264
    These "suit happy" folks may be in for a bigger fight then they anticipated.

    McDonald's not only has a lock on the fast food habits of the nation, they are also the largest toy "seller" in the United States.

    Not "Toys 'R' Us", not Walmart. McDonald's.

    Fast food, in moderation, is NOT unhealthy in itself. The key to maintaining a proper diet is to ensure that each of the food groups are represented and in the proper proportions.

    Very often, these "consumer groups" seem to want something for the public that the public in general doesn't - so the affect is to FORCE something on another person they don't want and for which they have had no vote.

    Both 'consumer interest groups' and the government seem to think that THEY, not the individual consumer, automatically makes the better choice.

    Sorry, I can think for myself. My son's are grown with children of their own and they make the decision about how often their children eat fast food - an average of once every 6 weeks doesn't seem to qualify for child abuse. - 11/21/2010   12:57:34 PM
  • 263
    If the parents are so concerned about this, why do they take the children to Mcdonald's in the first place? It's a choice, you DON'T have to eat there. I think this toy thing is a joke, I think of more important things they could be doing. - 11/21/2010   11:08:21 AM
  • FREEZEPEAS
    262
    I agree that they're targeting McDonalds because they're high profile - plenty of fast food chains offer toys and goodies for purchasing their meals. And if they offer healthy choices as well, then the toy is truly not a problem. This is ridiculous and just shows me over again what a lawsuit-happy country we've become. - 11/1/2010   12:50:40 PM
  • 261
    That is ridiculous, it's completely on the parents as to whether they buy these types of foods for their children or not, and I doubt most parents that do buy it, buy it because of the toy... I mean to they go out and buy ever toy on every commercial just because their children want it? No they make a choice about which toys they buy just like they make a choice about which foods they feed their children. Besides you don't have to buy the food to get the toy, on the very rare occasions that these places have had something that's not a complete piece of junk I've just gone to the one in the mall and bought the toy on it's own for my son. It's marketing like any other marketing consumers are still capable of making a choice... - 9/19/2010   3:32:18 AM
  • 260
    This is nuts. It is another case of trying to blame someone other than the parents/guardians. If you don't take your kids there then they can't eat it. If you dictate what they order then can't eat it. Also if it is a sometimes thing then what is the big deal what they eat. Also what a child likes to eat is not learned by what they order in a restaurant it is learned by what you serve them at home and what you require of them. My mother always made us eat at least a serving spoon full of vegetables at dinner and you couldn't get up from the tables until they were eaten. I always ate the vegetables I didn't like first so that I could then enjoy the rest of the meal.

    We as a society have to take responsibility for our choices and try to stop dictating to businesses. If I want to on a rare occasion go to McD's and have a Big Mac and fries that is my choice and my responsibility. - 8/23/2010   12:42:44 AM
  • MISSIONSHAPE
    259
    We need to take responsibility for our own actions: no one is forcing us to go to McDonald's, and there are 'better' choices available when you do go. As numerous people have mentioned, it is not the toys, the kids actually enjoy the food.

    Who will be next on the lawsuit road? Will they start a lawsuit for restaurants that serve 'larger than normal' serving sizes? What about undersizing? what about calorie count? We need to take responsibility for what goes into our mouths, the restaurants are there to give us some options. - 8/1/2010   7:22:33 AM
  • 258
    My grandchildren like McDonalds and when I posed this question to them the answer was a resounding "yes"- they would still go there for the food. They play with the toys for a bit but they like the food. We limit their fries and try to choose the healthier choices and they still like this restaurant. - 7/22/2010   9:33:51 PM
  • 257
    I think these lawsuits are ridiculous.
    Parents should be responsible for guiding their kids!!
    We should cook at home if that is possible........ - 7/12/2010   8:54:09 AM
  • 256
    This lawsuit is patently ridiculous. Litigation is not the solution to everything. Fast food is NOT meant to be super-healthy or slimming: It's fast, filling, fun food. Don't want the extra calories? Don't eat the stuff. Don't want the toys? Don't ask for them. Why don't the lawsuit happy busy-bodies go after cereal companies for offering toys and games, too? What's next, a ban on birthday parties with cake and presents because it associates high calorie food with fun and toys? HA! These people should just mind their own business. I hope this lawsuit dies the fast, hard death it deserves... - 7/8/2010   1:31:15 PM
  • 255
    When did parents decide they should no longer be held responsible for their children? It seems that now if your kids are morbidly obese and diabetic you can blame the restaurants, if they misbehave you can blame their ADD, and if they are delinquent you can blame their Xbox. The irony is that most people with issues end up blaming their parents. - 7/7/2010   11:04:59 PM
  • 254
    Center for Science and their Own Interests? Too many laws already. Stay out of my life.... - 7/6/2010   7:27:05 PM
  • 253
    As long as the toys are safe for children, it's up to the parents to make these decisions. - 7/6/2010   5:40:23 PM
  • GABBYBEAR
    252
    What has happened to America being a country of freedom and the ability to make our own choices whether good or bad??? It is the parent's responsibility to make the right food choices, not the governments. Last time I checked, children under the age of 15 could not drive themselves to Mc D's! - 7/6/2010   4:39:40 PM
  • 251
    I hate McD food, but it's not the government's job to control my food. You can have my McNuggets when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers! - 7/6/2010   3:00:10 PM
  • SS900Z
    250
    Blaming happy meal toys on childhood obesity is just insane. Also there are healthier options at Mcdonalds for kids. You can order apples and milk in place of fries and a coke if you want to. Anyway kids meals are a small portion size. I order them myself sometimes when I feel like having something quick and tastey for lunch but I don't want to feel like I just destroyed my diet. - 7/6/2010   1:21:08 PM
  • 249
    This is ridiculous. People need to be accountable for their choices. If you want to fufill your childs request for a toy, go to the dollar store. If you want to feed your child, go to the grocery store. - 7/6/2010   1:19:24 PM
  • 248
    My family rarely goes to McDonald's because we don't like the food. At the fast food places we do frequent, we don't always get the kid's meals. When they get the meal with a toy, it's a treat for them. But it's a matter of balance - last night they had turkey hot dogs with raw veggies on the side. The day before they had fast food: chicken strips and french fries. I don't need the gov to parent my kids, that's what I'm here for. If they need to go after anyone, they should go after the parents who feed their kids nothing but fast food. - 7/6/2010   11:57:39 AM
  • 247
    supply and demand should rule, not law suits. leave the power with the consumers. - 7/6/2010   10:36:16 AM
  • 246
    I have actually gone to the fast food restaurants and just bought the toys and not the food, a lot have stopped that practice thought and I stopped going to those. Now my son is no longer interested in them and they haven't had anything that my office mates have found "cute enough" to compete at getting (aka mini beenies). We never liked McDonalds' but would go and buy a drink and toy and leave. I think these lawsuits are rediculous. When do we become responsible for how we choose to eat? - 7/6/2010   7:24:02 AM
  • 245
    even as a kid i did not get excited about mcdonalds burgers. We did go there, but we generally played with the toy, drank our milk and ignored the food. When i took my youngest sister to fast food whe wanted to go to burger king because they had the play place. i generally ate a salad while she ate 2 fries, drank a little milk and then played. i gave her grapes to eat on the drive home. kids like to play. they don't drive themself to the restaurant or pay for stuff themselves. Parents have to serve healthy foods and BE A HEALTYY ROLE MODEL. kids learn our bad habits quick. - 7/5/2010   7:38:08 PM
  • 244
    I think it's another threat for a frivolous lawsuit. Like you stated, it's the parents (and parental responsibility) to ensure that their children eat healthy meals. An occasional chicken nugget meal, toy or no toy, is fine; but it should be a treat, something not available often.

    - 7/5/2010   12:25:36 PM
  • 243
    I have NEVER held CSPI in high regard. Quite often they get their science wrong, but they've already done the damage.
    I have the option to frequent an establishment that offers good foods or poor foods. Our economy still runs on the consumer choosing where to spend his/her dollar. That's the way I want it. If I want to buy a soda, someone in Washington doesn't have the right to tell me I can't. I do have a right to know what is in the soda, but it is still my decision whether to buy it. - 7/5/2010   11:52:49 AM
  • 242
    A slippery slope is right! If this succeeds, what is keep them from suing other restaurant chains, movie theatres, cereal companies, etc. Does anyone here want to calculate the effect on the economy that would have? Not to mention, the appalling overreaching of government in to our daily lives and personal choices.

    You cannot legislate behavior. If this were possible, there would be zero crime, zero war, zero pollution, zero intolerance of any kind, etc. I have raised my daughter to recognize a Happy Meal as chicken nuggets, apples and a low fat choc milk. I can recall when you got a sundae as part of the Happy Meal deal -- back when they were first introduced; I was 10 or so. Nobody complained then. I think we as a nation are all so desperate to keep our children from the unhealthy side effects of obesity that we forget one important thing ---it is parents who must be the decison-makers for children until they are old enough to understand the consequences of their choices, not governments. Period.

    Sure, that Shrek toy is awfully appealing to my little girl.... but in the end, I get the final say-so as to when we go and what we get when we arrive. - 7/4/2010   6:09:02 PM
  • 241
    While I don't agree that suing McDonald's is the answer- Nancy's right, what about Wendy's, Burger King, ChickFilA, and all the other places that put toys in kids' meals? Did you know that at (some) Chick FilA's you can trade in your kids' toy for an ice cream cone? ?!?!?!!!!!? Seriously. I won't do it, no matter how little I want that extra piece of plastic junk in my house. - 7/4/2010   2:49:41 PM
  • 240
    what an exhaustion... "don't look at me.. don't look at my decision. it's his fault. he built a restaurant. he painted it red. plopped a big yellow m out front and spent thousands of dollars in advertising to tell my susie and johnny he has good food...sure, i drove there. sure it was my gas. sure i made the order. sure i paid MY hard earned money. but.. it's not my fault. it's that clown's fault! so i am suing!!" aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh
    hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    GIVE ME A BREAK.

    i saw supersize me. and while i disagreed w/anyone suing McDonald's, and i still do, i still remind myself of that movie everytime we need to eat out. subway, here i come. moe's, here i come. qdoba's, here i come. - 7/4/2010   12:58:57 AM
  • 239
    Lawyers sue to make money - period. McDonalds is a bigger target - ie "deeper pocket". - 7/3/2010   8:08:54 PM
  • 238
    I think that as parents we must help our children make smart choices. Our efforts need to be spent encouraging restaurants to offer a variety of healthy choices, which I think they are doing more and more. My kids love McDonald's--it's an american tradition! They love playing and the toy is a bonus; however, they always choose apples over fries and they would LOVE to have a salad instead of a burger! If a lawsuit is in order, it should be to mandate that restaurants offer healthy choices for kids and adults. - 7/3/2010   7:09:55 PM
  • 237
    Get these lawsuit-happy idiots out of my life! The "land of the free" is becoming the "land of the lawsuits"! - 7/2/2010   9:41:14 PM
  • GERRIT2
    236
    I think those planning on suing McDonald's need to get another hobby. My son only eats at McDonald's when we take him there and then eats what we order. He is quite fine having apple slices instead of fries and milk instead of a sugary soda. I must say he does love their cheeseburgers and when we do eat there that's what he has. However, we rarely eat out and he just as soon go to a nice sit down restaurant. He learns proper restaurant etiquette that way too. People need to look at themselves first before trying to pass the blame onto someone else for their weight/food issues. Healthy food is out there if only you take a moment to look for it. - 7/2/2010   3:18:45 PM
  • 235
    lawsuits are just a way to drive up costs and make lawyers more money. In a pinch I buy the happy meal for myself because the meal is smaller and I can take the toy to school and give it to my students to use at play time. I dont need the calories from a big adult sized meal. I wish the govt and the laywers would just find something else to do. - 7/2/2010   1:41:39 PM
  • MIYAMIYA101
    234
    I think it's stupid. The main reason is McD is not to blame. We spend all this time saying things are okay in moderation and then try to ban stuff. Parents can say no if it's too much. Secondly, McD offer healthy options. There are apple slices and milk options as well. As for the toy, it's like they're suing them for catering to kids. No fun with your meal kids! I mean it's not like they're putting cigarettes in the box. It's a toy. - 7/2/2010   12:13:30 PM
  • CCRIDER1967
    233
    I agree that it is the parents' responsibility to monitor and control what their children eat. It seems that the protection groups think we are all idiots. I have always know that fast food is not a good choice for meals, but I ate it anyway. It was not until I made the conscious, educated decision not to eat it regularly and eat healthier did I start to lose the weight. McDonald's does offer better choices. Aren't milk and apples a good choice? My kids know before we even go in that they will get apple dippers and milk, not fries. Only on occassion fries are given as a choice. The also know that it is a hamburger or cheeseburger which are a little better than the deep fried and chicken nuggets. And I don't even want to think about what parts of the chicken are in it. Like many parents, I do sometimes pick McDonald's for its convenience factor, but I make it a rare occassion and have my kids choose better. If they don't like what I am offering, they are welcome to not eat anything. I watched an editorial on my local news yesterday and was annoyed when the commentator implied that it was McD's problem that they tempt kids who then bug parents who then have a hard time saying "no". Whose problem is that??!! NOT McDonald's. I have no problem saying "NO" to my kids. My kids are not deprived in any way, but I want to make sure they are eating what is good for them before they have treats. AND, treats are not for everyday. - 7/2/2010   11:15:01 AM
  • 232
    For being a "free" country this certainly doesn't go hand in hand with that saying! Heavens I am nearly 40 years old and still have some of the happy meal toys from when I was in grade school. Yeah what about the other fast food chains? What about the parent's guidance in better choices with their own little surprise gifts if needed in their own vehicles?

    This is just another way for the "land of the free" to sing a song with false lyrics. Truly it is a beautiful song that I do believe used to be true, but as time passes the song becomes more and more sad.
    - 7/2/2010   10:44:50 AM
  • 231
    Absolutely ridiculous. Restaurants sell what people want to buy. You can't legislate away personal choice, unless you change the whole nature of the American constitution--but isn't that just what the megalomaniac nanny state advocates really want to do? Can't have any of that personal freedom stuff in The Socialistic States of America. Nobody is forcing McDonald's food down you or your kids' throat--you actually go to the trouble to drive there and seek it out. If people quit buying their greasy, salty stuff and demanded health food--that's what they'd sell. When did Americans get so afraid of their own children? Want healthy kids--just say "no" early and often. "Because I said so" is another good one. How about skipping restaurants altogether and eating together, at home, as a family. Say "no" to any activities, peer pressure, or overtime demands that interfere with that top priority--and begin all those meals by saying grace to the Provider, so kids learn not to take God's gracious gifts for granted. Not economically possible--just try the best you can to live by healthy family values, some success is better than not trying at all. Basically, it all comes down to your own personal choices--good or bad--and the example you set. - 7/2/2010   9:13:17 AM
  • 230
    Well, I personally think that suing any restaurant for advertising to children is insane. Do they really think that it's a 3 or 4 year old child who is the one buying the Happy Meal? Do they think the kids hop in the car, drive to McD's all by themselves and buy them for themselves. NO!!! It's the parents obviously. If I don't want my kids to have a Happy Meal then I tell them NO. It's called being a parent and being able to do this. When I go to McD's I don't get my kids the Happy Meal anyway. I get them a Cheesburger and a fry to split. If they want a Happy Meal, I tell them no. Are the people involved in the lawsuit upset because they really think that McD's is advertising to children or because their kids want one and they can't say no? It's no different than when I was growing up and they had toys in the sugary cereal. Come on! - 7/2/2010   8:50:38 AM
  • 229
    The self-proclaimed Center for Science and the "Public" interest in another hack group of people who are self serving and lawsuit happy. What a crock. This is nothing more than yet another way to try to control people's lives. This organization chose McDonald's because it's a popular chain and has money. - that's it. Perhaps the people in this group need the government to tell them how to live, well they can move then. - 7/2/2010   1:09:00 AM
  • FURBALLDTH
    228
    What happened to the constitution. We don't need more law suits or government intrusion. What we need are parents that aren't afraid to say NO to their children. Besides McD's will sell you the toy separate from the meal. I used to purchase the Mmde. Alexander Dolls. - 7/2/2010   12:00:06 AM
  • PECHEY3
    227
    These group think they are helping, but most of them miss the mark. Most young parent work hard to teach their kids healthy chooses. I buy happy meal for myself and collect the toys. - 7/1/2010   10:29:29 PM
  • 226
    Yes, it is up to us as parents to lead our children to healthy eating choices, it is also up to us to help other families that don't have the same knowledge we do about healthy eating. That may be by promoting and encouraging local community classes in health and diet etc and basic cooking skills.

    On the occassions that I would take my children to BK or McD's and they were still young enough for a happy meal I would always ask for the toy to be left out because I was sick to the back teeth of the horrible things, the biggest bunch of crap out.

    In New Zealand we have access to several breakfast cereal's with the usual cocoa-pops and nutri-grain high sugar rubbbish that the kids drool over and then bounce off the walls after. We also have an old cereal company that has been in NZ for decades, they have always put collecting cards and sometimes a wee plastic toy in their simple cereals. When someone complained to me about the toys, I pointed out that with the other high sugar, cereals that the kids become addicted to the wholesome ones needed a little incentive to get the kids to try something different. (however now it's just rugby cards, though they are probably a good incentive for lots of NZ kids that would perhaps reach for the higher sugar brands first.).
    - 7/1/2010   9:47:03 PM
  • 225
    In otherwords, the parents involved in this particular pursuit claim no responsibility with respect to making decisions that are in the best interests of their child? Hmm....last time I checked, doesn't that fall under the category of neglect? And wouldn't said parents be inviting a visit from CPS as they feel they can not make decisions regarding their child's dietary needs?

    Many fast food chains (Mc D, BK, Arby's, etc) are offering healthy choices in their meals (apple slices as opposed to french fries, milk or juice in place of pop) which parents can choose from. If the kid throws a fit, leave the restaraunt and make the child eat at home--going out to eat is a privilige, not a right. There is also grounding and other consequences parents could use to prevent such behavior...but, I forgot--the parents/adults pushing this initiative are letting the kids call the shots and not taking accountability themselves..... - 7/1/2010   8:32:16 PM
  • 224
    Oh dear, another lawsuit that, in my opinion, is ridiculous. It was up to me to limit the number of times we went to McDonald's. My children learned that an occasional treat is OK. Why do parents think that an agency, a law, or governmental restraint should take away my right to make parental decisions? This is ridiculous! - 7/1/2010   7:36:24 PM
  • 223
    My mother brought us up to shun movie theater treats! Would never ever dream of having popcorn or soda there. No soda was in our house except when we were sick and then it was flat ginger ale. We did go to McDonald's but only as a treat and none of the Big stuff. Education and parents are what makes the difference - 7/1/2010   7:15:58 PM
  • 222
    There is truly only one way to see this, get a clue! McDonalds is a company and not responsible for your bad choices! If you can't take tesponsibility for what you and your children eat (especially at a restaurant) you are in trouble. - 7/1/2010   6:51:26 PM
  • 221
    Attempts at legislating McDonalds marketing practices will go nowhere. All I have to do is think about the argument used against firearms legislation! (-- guns don't kill, people do, therefore firearms manufacturers aren't responsible). Attempts to force manufacturers to be responsible would require that an intent to harm be present. There are MANY items on the McD's menu that are acceptably good food choices and yet -- we like, we want, and we choose what isn't good for us or our family. It doesn't start or stop with McD's.

    It all comes down to what parents think is acceptable for their children: Is a McDonalds treat once a month acceptable? Is a Happy Meal once a week too much? If society can penalize corporations for marketing, shouldn't we also hold parents responsible for raising fat children? Kids can't shop and don't feed themselves.

    I don't think anyone in the United States wants the Federal Government -- and it would have to go to legislation to be effective -- to weigh in on personal lifestyle issues this small. We cannot even agree as a country how to handle the bigger issues much less regulate what parents are allowed to feed children. And yes, I think Mickey D's is being used as an scapegoat. I agree with all those who vote for personal responsibility.

    All things in moderation. I learned that on SparkPeople. - 7/1/2010   6:50:34 PM
  • LIVINGONMYTERMS
    220
    That is ludicrous! What give anybody or any corporation the right to sue over this? McD's is well in their right to market their goods how they want, they are doing nothing wrong here. It is up to parent's to decide what they are feeding their children and how much. McD's probably got their marketing strategy from Cereal companies and Cracker Jacks back in the day. It was a good strategy, and nothing wrong or illegal about it! What a crock! - 7/1/2010   5:38:45 PM
  • 219
    How about personal responsibility and the US constitution? Freedom of speech includes corporations. The Goverment is trying control everything and these lawsuits just assist Goverment in trying to control our lives.

    McDonalds has a right to promote themselves any way they want it as long as they are not lying or misrepresenting stuff. Anyone with any common sense should realize that eating at a fast food place is not going to be really healthy.

    Parents need to make good choices for their kids and educate them. Anything that in excess is not going to be good for you. - 7/1/2010   5:31:52 PM
  • 218
    I feel like this would be trying to take the fun out of eating out for kids. It's not like kids are eating out every day, that would be a complete lack in judgement for a parent, but when we do take the kids out they love getting a toy to play with. To be frank a lot of the time it gives us parents a break from spending money on another peice of junk toy instead they get one in the meal for really no more money. It also keeps my older daughter from ordering a larger meal she would rather still get a kids meal because of the toy saving me $ and her extra unneeded calories. All in all kids will eat bad food if given the chance toy or no toy parents need to teach kids and limit eating out to fast food to speacial occasions or vacations. I think we all should stop worrying about fast food and start looking at the over processed partially hydrogenated oils in the foods we buy at the store it's in everything and is the cause of making us overweight. Check out this link for more treelight.com/.../nutrition/Partial
    lyHydrogenatedOils.html - 7/1/2010   5:13:20 PM

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