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McDonald’s Cannot Make Your Kids Eat Anything They Don’t Want To
Godfather Politics ^ | May 25, 2013 | Mark Horne

Posted on 05/25/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Children are impressionable, and McDonald’s has managed, in the majority of cases, to make children prefer McDonald’s over all other fast food choices. Some people have decided that McDonald’s marketing is to blame for the fact that kids eat French fries and not fruits and veggies. Or, at least, the claim to believe McDonald’s possesses such awesome powers. And they even pretend that they think children are somehow wise leaders in society. Thus, from MSNBC and Morning Joe:

“Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson doesn’t want a Happy Meal. She wants a healthy meal. And she’s not shy about saying it: Hannah took her pitch straight to the boss, telling McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson during the annual shareholder’s meeting that targeting kids with unhealthy food isn’t fair.”

Targeting—as if our children’s mouths are all forced open against their will and Ronald McDonald is out there with a fry gun shooting potatoes into their stuck-open mouths. She goes further, and told the CEO of McDonald’s, “Something I don’t think it’s fair when big companies try to trick kids into eating food that isn’t good for them by using toys and cartoon characters.”

It doesn’t work that way. If you put all of the clown’s power behind the sale of broccoli or spinach, he would be let go within weeks. Contrary to what Hannah Robertson has been led to believe, the children aren’t tricked at all. If you tried to make them eat fruits and vegetables, they wouldn’t be enthusiastic and they’d eventually become downright hostile to McDonald’s “healthy” food. No matter how big the company, or how many toys they used as bribes, or how many cartoon characters they used, children cannot be persuaded to eat butter beans.

If anyone really has the power to “trick” a kid, it is probably the child’s own parent. In fact, Hannah’s mother just happens to be “a kid’s nutritional advocate.” So even though USA Today and Morning Joe both shamelessly use a child to sell an anti-McDonald’s message, they know that nothing of the kind ever happened. Hannah’s mom just exploited her daughter for the sake of a message.

Was the message worth it? I doubt it. Fruits are sugary. The CEO boasted that they now serve low-fat chocolate milk, but such milk makes up for the loss of fat by using more carbohydrates, which many believe are much worse than fat. The idea that fat in food becomes fat in our bodies is arguably a junk-science myth. If so, switching to fat-free, which is heavier in carbs, is an unhealthy move.

But even unhealthier is this ridiculous belief that corporations have the power to make people do things they don’t want to do. McDonald’s may have managed to make children prefer them to Burger King or Wendy’s, but that doesn’t mean they can control children’s real food preferences. The entire pretense is simply propaganda for the idea that children’s food preferences can be controlled by the will of others.

That ridiculous claim in turn provides justification for all the Mayor Bloombergs of the world who claim that the government is supposed to control what people eat for their own good.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: children; food; hannahrobertson; happymeals; health; leftists; mcdonalds; mediabias; morningjoe; msnbc; nannystate; news; nutrition; usatoday
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1 posted on 05/25/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

For-the-Cheelrun Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 05/25/2013 5:13:57 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Regular meals with a reasonably varied content and sane serving sizes... that’s probably as helpful as anything else in avoiding gross obesity. McDonald’s was never intended to become a full time feeding station.


3 posted on 05/25/2013 5:14:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.
4 posted on 05/25/2013 5:18:49 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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5 posted on 05/25/2013 5:20:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
McDonald’s was never intended to become a full time feeding station.

No kidding. Parents DO have the option of not driving their children to McDonalds and actually fixing a meal for them.
6 posted on 05/25/2013 5:20:36 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene

since when


7 posted on 05/25/2013 5:30:04 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"If you put all of the clown’s power behind the sale of broccoli or spinach,...."

Popeye already has the franchise for promoting spinach.


8 posted on 05/25/2013 5:30:08 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: HiTech RedNeck
My thoughts as well. I have been eating at McDonalds for 60 years since I was 11 yo. Not over weight, low blood pressure, no cholesterol problems. Grew up down the street from one of the three original MD’s.
9 posted on 05/25/2013 5:34:33 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in thee shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hey, I know - let’s let the loony left do to food what they did to the talk radio industry ;-)

/s


10 posted on 05/25/2013 5:38:04 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Can’t imagine what Hannah’s parents are like. s/


11 posted on 05/25/2013 5:48:29 PM PDT by peggybac (My boss I respect, my father I revered. Chris Rock, Mr. Obama is NOT my boss or my father.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Apparently all other fast food companies sell good, healthy, wholesome food and never TARGET children. I gotta tell you I’m more than a little fed up with using CHILDREN to target and sell. The last person I am going to take financial, phone service or eating advice from is a child.


12 posted on 05/25/2013 6:09:46 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: bigheadfred

okay, maybe grandparents don’t have that option......:-)


13 posted on 05/25/2013 6:19:15 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Which is why I don’t take mine there. I also made all their baby food because the jarred stuff doesn’t taste like the real stuff. Guess what. They eat avocados and spinach! When did parents start falling for the kids’ food marketing scheme? My in-laws did with my nephew and he is obese at 10, which I think is child abuse personally. My sister-in-law literally didn’t have a clue that chicken nuggets don’t have to come through a window or from a freezer bag. She was astounded, and actually made fun of me, when I cut up chicken breasts from our local farmer, dredged them in flour, dunked them in egg, then dredged them again in seasoned breadcrumbs and fried them in a little olive oil. people just don’t cook anymore and it’s a shame.


14 posted on 05/25/2013 6:21:54 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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Here’s a hint Lefties. Only eat at McDonald’s once a week or once every two weeks.

Problem solved.

Now drink a sip of water. Sit down. Calm down. Relax...

You’re going to be okay.


15 posted on 05/25/2013 6:23:07 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: Girlene

oh we have the option and they get to go have some french fries and a root beer maybe once a week but it is too bad they ran out of toys and the playground is broke


16 posted on 05/25/2013 6:24:04 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred

This cat herding is hard work. It sucks to be a statist who’s trying to change the world.

Human nature is Impossible to change.


17 posted on 05/25/2013 7:13:39 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: Mastador1; Revolting cat!
I gotta tell you I’m more than a little fed up with using CHILDREN to target and sell. The last person I am going to take financial, phone service or eating advice from is a child.

Yep. All of the "plugged in" iPad, iPhone, etc 8-year olds in tv ads.

Nothing new, however.

18 posted on 05/25/2013 7:13:55 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Leftist food police have decreed no fat chocolate milk be served at schools and MacDonalds has it to try to appease them too. The irony is that the beneficial milk calcium is absorbed by our bodies much better if the milk has some fat in it. Agenda trumps science.


19 posted on 05/25/2013 8:08:27 PM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: bigheadfred

lol....never thought of those “reasons” to not go to McD’s.


20 posted on 05/25/2013 8:24:11 PM PDT by Girlene
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