Please watch this video (or, rather, listen to the audio). The following is my response. I’m fine with people eating fruits and even vegetables, either for health reasons or because they genuinely find them delicious. I’m partial to a number of delicious fruits myself.
But I don’t want them from McDonald’s. I certainly don’t want to force them upon other customers.
So, my response to the video:
I only rarely got fast food when I was growing up. A toy or a cartoon character is nice but, even as a preschooler, I wanted to eat their food because it is DELICIOUS.
I’m not angry with the nine-year-old. I’m angry at the mentality of adults who should know better who want to ruin everyone else’s happiness.
I’m so grateful that I had long outgrown Happy Meals before they began putting fruits, vegetables, and other food that my food eats in Happy Meals instead of the delicious food. You can eat fruit and vegetables at home—it is not McDonald’s responsibility to have every food that you might ever want to give to your children. You don’t yell at a hot dog vendor for not serving salads. It’s not McDonald’s job to have every food—just whatever delicious food that we want to eat and that they want to serve us that will make money for them and their stockholders.
My answer probably would have been along the lines of: “Well, it’s the job of our advertising department to attract customers of all ages to eat at McDonald’s. It’s the job of many other parts of this corporation to make sure that everything about your experience when you visit a McDonald’s makes you happy and want to come back again–which means making the food delicious but also providing healthy options. It’s my job to make sure that the different parts of this company work together as well as possible. And it’s the job of the consumers–consumers like your parents–to look at our advertising and everything about us, and decide if McDonald’s is a place where you want to go. We don’t want to trick children–or adults–into visiting, because we want you to be happy with what you find when you get here and want to come back.”
But obviously people would raise hell that that was too complex to say to a child or that that was too blunt of an answer to give in front of cameras because parents are the ones with money to spend and they don’t want to be told that they have responsibilities.
On a daily basis, weight conversations seem to crop up everywhere. Try this pill. Shoot for hypnosis. Snap a rubber band around your wrist when the urge for Cheetos hits. Weight Watchers. Jenny Craig, Nutri-System. And what about the frustrated naturally thin people that are epically sick of hearing about how dietary news should revolve around a bunch of overindulgent potato chip addicts?
What I find interesting, though, are the many and varied approaches the media goes with in order to make what’s really a very old story at least kind of fresh and exciting.
After regurgitating the fact that America leads the world in excessive BMI (and that “U.S. eating habits and diets have been exported,” leading to a 5% increase from 1980 to 2008 in the population percentage that fit the “obese” definition), Yahoo Finance explores causes for America’s excessive need to feed.
Like so many other issues where data are collected in the public sector and the information is used to solve problems nationwide, the problems are local. 24/7 Wall St. looked at a number of factors which cause unhealthy diets and resulting obesity. These include income, access to healthy food sources, the ability to pay for healthy food, the concentration of fast food outlets, and the consumption of fruits, vegetables, sugar, fat and soft drinks. The levels of healthy eating defined with these parameters varies wildly …
Ground beef sort of weirds me out. For the obvious reasons, but also because you have no idea what’s in there. When you get a steak at a restaurant, you have a reasonable assurance that you are eating some chunk of a cow, because you can see it on your plate. But when it comes to ground beef – well there could be just about anything in there. Someone could have thrown anything in there, and depending on quantity and flavour, you’d have no idea. There could be cats, newspaper or shoes in your ground beef, and you probably wouldn’t know. Perhaps I read too many scary stories about people being ground up into sausages when I was a kid, but it has always grossed me out to even look at it.
Well, apparently some else ponders about the contents of ground beef as well. Amanda Obsey …
Oh San Francisco how I love you. I love your mountainous steep city streets, your delectable restaurants, and your adorable urban-chic population; however, I think you need to take a bit of a chill of pill.
It appears that San Francisco has passed a new law banning restaurants from including a toy with their kid’s meal if it has …