LETTER: Don't blame McDonald's

So, society is going after McDonald's because of obese children? I have a better idea. Let's facilitate a class action lawsuit against parents of obese children! These parents fail to monitor their child's eating habits, provide them pointless guidance and wisdom, and encourage them to find solace in food with cheap marketing gimmicks.
Commentary
Jun 25, 2010

So, society is going after McDonald's because of obese children? I have a better idea. Let's facilitate a class action lawsuit against parents of obese children!

These parents fail to monitor their child's eating habits, provide them pointless guidance and wisdom, and encourage them to find solace in food with cheap marketing gimmicks.

Frankly, this is pathetic. Here are a group of lawyers looking for the glory of suing a corporation which has been providing toys in meals for 30 years, parents who are irresponsible looking to place blame on the corporation for the inappropriate behavior of their children, and the media exposing the stupidity of the entire ordeal. Really, am I missing something?

Parents, be responsible for your children. How about you simply prepare nutritious foods for kids, limit indoor playtime, encourage them to get outside and play, or perhaps go outside and play with them? Enjoy your children -- after all, you brought them into the world and they are your pride and joy -- aren't they?

Stop looking for blame and be a parent!

David Lisa

Huron

Comments

dorothy gale

Excellent letter!  Thank you for being a voice of reason. 

dbstr

Exactly!

Unassumer

Amen.  And wouldn't they have to blame more establishments than just McDonalds?  BK, Wendy's and several others offer kids' meals with toys that may or may not be nutritious.  I don't see how they can target one fast food place and ignore the rest.  There are also other companies, such as cereal, that market to kids and they're just pouring sugar down their throats.  What I would like to see is less control of our personal lives and more common sense.  I guess I'm asking for too much.

tortoise

 Anyone thinking parents are the ones to blame should get familiar with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).

 

Also, we're talking about a company that spends billions to achieve a thorough nagging factor in very young children, all the while feeding them food that is neurotoxic, pumped with preservatives, addictive substances and hormonal drugs.

 

This is a multi-generational problem that began in the behavior of parents 30 years ago, i.e. those who are now grandparents before McDonald's was criticized for unsafe food. And I'm sure McDonald has an answer to why there's no need for parents to worry about eating there food.

 

Watch the documentary McLibel.   

 

Also, economic circumstances and highly subsidized commodities are coming into play in the production food that's mainly soy and corn. A parent can stop at Panera and pay $8 for the meal or $2 at McDonald's? Can't see the parent as the only one liable here...

Pete

Panera is liable for charging too much?

tortoise

Pete:  

Sorry if that reads toward Panera as liable... meant for it to suggest that McD's is certainly liable for misrepresenting their product. 

 

Panera's just a hard choice for a parent that has $8 dollars but wants to satisfy three kids. Also, there's way too much complacency with the public about buying McD's food, and not enough pressure put on those wanting to eat it. Truth.org should start a campaign against fast food ingredients. 

Perkins2060

I bet the parents are just as FAT as their kids!  LOSERS!

twiz

Everything is okay in moderation... jeeze, I just think that people eat too much at one sitting. Too often the teenagers are 'on the go', and it's easy for them (or anyone for that matter) to eat unhealthy stuff. It's not rocket science... we know the crap is loaded with hormones, sodium up the ol' wah-zoo, but it looks so good on TV. I think ppl need to quit blaming and start looking at it as a personal choice... Mc Donald's isn't making you fork over $5.00 for a value meal. They are a service... it's your own hand that is adding to your poor health.

But on the other hand, lots of establishments DO lie (or should I say misrepresent) the contents of their food. It's funny... I found that the sure fire 'healthy' salad from any given restaruant has way more fat and calories than if you had just had a regular sandwich... people just need to WAKE UP and do some investigations themselves... it's not rocket science...

Heck, if you work out, you can probably eat that crap once or twice a week if you wanted to, and it wouldn't hurt you... people (kids and adults) are just too darn lazy these days! Get off the couch and MOVE a bit!

 

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bodinbalance

Resist the prepackaged foods and "junk foods" once at the grocery store and you never have to resist them at home.

Get.Mad.i.Speak...

this world is turnin into nothing but obese people and its sick because there is sooo many over weight people for some reason they think its acceptable.  i think its disgusting. when i see a child walked around that weighs more than me than that is sickening.  i am 115 & i have three children but i have worked my butt off after wards cuz i could not walk around lookin like that. i think that if you over a certain weight limit you shouldnt even be able to eat fast food. i bet one either they would exercise so they could eat it or stop eatin it and lose weight.

Bluto

I suggest planting a garden . Even a small one and get the kids involved . Great exercise working in them . And great food from them .

Observant

I like the class-action idea, but I think we need to bring file against the organization who is threatening this lawsuit for clogging up the court system with frivious lawsuits!  If there's any local attorney on board with me who honestly will help me, I am serious.

brutus smith

So if McD's puts things in their food found to be harmful to people, we should turn a blind eye to it? They could offer the food without all the chemicals in it.

Taxed Enough Already

 GEEZ why don't we just genocide all fat people...that would be incentive not to get fat.  We are all getting crazy with this stuff!  It is a free country, I think.  Which means, I think, we can eat what we want, drink what we want, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.  So I say, let's eat, drink and be merry, and get fat if that's what  you want!  

xrock09x

everyone puts a gun to my head and says i have to eat fast food. cmon this whole thing is ridiculous this is still AMERICA where if people want to be fat thats their GOD givin right to do so even if it isnt healthy. sounds like a bunch of lawyers from medical insurance companies trying to cut the fat no pun intended.