Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The McDonald's Happy Meal...

...is one of the most fun aspects of being a kid, but it's becoming a little less of a fun thing for a kid to get...
McDonald's on Tuesday said that it would add apple slices and reduce the portion of French fries in its children's meal boxes beginning this fall, effectively taking away consumers' current choice between either having apples with caramel dip or fries as a Happy Meal side.
When I was a kid, McDonald's (or Burger King, Roy Rogers, and Wendy's) was precisely the kind of place to which I was taken when we didn't eat in a healthy manner.  At home, if I wanted a snack, I would eat fruit.  I didn't go to a fast food place to get...APPLE SLICES!

Ostensibly, this goes into the ridiculous idea that somehow restaurants are responsible for making people fat and thus should 'contribute' to the 'slimming down' of society.  No, it's actually the responsibility of individuals to look after themselves (as I said in 12 Degrees of Suing McDonald's) and in the case of children, their parents and/or guardians...
But apparently, customers aren't making those choices in practice. Indeed, only about 11 percent of customers were ordering apples with their Happy Meals, even though 88 percent were aware they had the option, the restaurant said.
No kidding!  Again, I ask what the wannabe nannies/moral superiors of the world are actually expecting?  McDonald's is supposed to be fun!  It's supposed to be a getaway that happens on occasion when mom or dad doesn't want to cook and is looking for a family outing of some sort.  No, I don't advocate eating fast food every single day, but seriously, let's remember that it should be a treat, not yet another occasion for Big Brother to stick his nose into your business.

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