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Do Happy Meals Contribute to Childhood Obesity?!

Thursday, May 19, 2011



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My weight battle is tied to this issue because I am struggling with an addiction to fast food. As an adult, I do take responsibility for my own poor eating decisions.


Children are directly being influenced by their TV advertising to make decisions that they are not grown up enough to know what is healthy and what is not.

Question: Should McDonald's be under attack for inducing children to eat their unhealthy Happy Meals with free toys?

What do you think?
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  • DJ4HEALTH
    Parents are the ones that need to tell their children no when they want them but instead they want to be friends with the kids and not be parents. Time for parents to take responsibility for the children that they bring into this world and feed them right.
    2710 days ago
  • GOSPELCLOWN
    I remember the cereals with toys. They used to be the ones with most sugar. It is almost a symbol to me that "if it needs a toy to sell it... don't buy it."
    2712 days ago
  • 1COUNTRY_GAL
    I am so glad I don't do fast food anymore,I used to take our oldest to MC D's and get her a Happy Meal,unhealthy meal and I always wished they would have healthier choices,I don't know if they do now or not.Parents do ultimately have to make the decision about offering healthy choices when they take there kids out or in.We need to set the example for them to mentor,this is most important.The schools are getting better where we are to offer healthier in vending machines,still have work to do further.Healthier is better always for life. emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana
    2712 days ago
  • SLIMTHICK2
    I think they should take some responsibility but ultimately the decision lies with the parent. The parents are the ones who have to buy the stuff for the kids parents need to have a more firm control over what their children eat. That's my take.
    2713 days ago
  • LAURELSPARK
    Why can't McDonald's revamp their menu and induce kids to eat healthy meals!

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    2714 days ago
  • SAM910
    I think parents have to take responsibility, if a child is taught from an early age to eat healthy, I believe they will make healthier choices.
    2714 days ago
  • FLAME39
    I do believe that children are influenced by advertisement for happy meals as well as the offer of toys with the meal. However, I do feel as parents we need to teach our children the way to eat healthy and the benefits of that. It is up to parents to make eat healthy a habit rather than a chore. I do take my children to McDonalds, but not like once a week, 2 weeks or anything like that. It may be like once a month if that.
    2714 days ago
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