Some Parents Very Unhappy About McDonald's Being Blamed for Increase in Childhood Obesity
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Here is a blog post written by Katie Loud from http://zeldalily.com/, discussing the recent attacks on McDonald’s for contributing to an increase in childhood obesity. Loud, a mother of two, believes McDonald’s is not to blame and that there should be more parental responsibility. She shares her experience of making food choices for her children and admits she occasionally allows them to have a Happy Meal.
Loud strongly believes that less focus should be placed on fast food chains and more on increasing physical activity of children. “You know, I canâ€™t help but feel that the focus is on the path of least resistance here. Itâ€™s a lot easier toÂ point the finger at Mickey Dâ€™s or BK for foisting junk food on our children, but I very strongly believe that the bigger emphasis should be onÂ increasing physical activity,” Loud said.
Iâ€™m the first to admit that the trip to McDonaldâ€™s for a Happy Meal has been a not uncommon experience for both of my daughters. Iâ€™m very well aware that they are not the most nutritionally sound dinner options, but once in a while the little flimsy cardboard box containing McNuggets, fries, and a toy is just the way to go. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, however, is coming down hard on Happy Meals, taking the fast food giant to task for â€śpredatory marketing practicesâ€ť by using cheap plastic toys to get kids eating fatty junk.
Californiaâ€™s Santa Clara County has already taken the first step, actually banning toys from the Happy Meal package. This is in the name of combating childhood obesity,Â a cause that First Lady Michelle Obama has faced head on. As an increase in obesity rates continue, the fast food industry is facing growing pressure.