NPR news today mentions a consumer group that is threatening to sue McDonald's because the toys they include in the Happy Meals program children to bug their parents to take them there so they can consume an unhealthy diet.
Obesity in children is not the fault of McDonalds. It is the fault of parents who are not feeding their children nutritious, healthy food at home on a day-to-day basis. Painfully obvious watching the now defunct "Honey, We're Killing the Kids," a BBC reality program we watched for a while about parents feeding their children horrible diets -- until we couldn't stand it any more.
On one of our trash picking up expeditions, I found the cash register receipt of someone who had spent $320 at a nearby Wal Mart Super center on food items. The only fresh fruit on the list was bananas. Everything else was canned foods or prepared frozen food (chicken tenders, etc), or processed meat, accompanied by and bag after bag of potato chips and other high-calorie snack food. We were stunned. What was even more annoying is that this person was on public assistance, and could have spent those food dollars much more wisely.
Climbing down now, back to work