I just saw a story on GMA about a Mom suing McDonald’s because her daughter is obsessed with Happy Meals and the toys that come with it. She says its their fault with their marketing targeted towards kids and she can tell her daughter ‘No’ but she sees the commercials on TV and it’s a losing battle in her mind.
My thoughts – instead of spending her energy suing McDonald’s, how about she focus her energy and money into creating programs that educate parents about good nutrition and what food like McDonald’s can do to the bodies of growing children if eaten as a staple. I am not going to sit here and say my kids’ don’t eat there — they do on occasion – what kid hasn’t? But my kids know it’s not super healthy food, they don’t get the french fries or juice and that it’s something they get in moderation. You can’t have your kids living in a bubble — but you can arm them with knowledge without scaring them into eating disorders.
I tend to find myself getting annoyed with parents out there that don’t focus their energy and responsibility on the parents. The way to get McDonald’s to stop marketing and selling crap food is to stop buying it. As a parent, explain to your family about why you don’t want to eat there and that’s that — drive on by. Kids will get over it. They are resilient and will get over it and may even thank you when they are old enough to realize the truth about poor nutrition —