Taking out the “Happy” in a Happy Meal

I fondly recall the days of McDonald’s happy meals which by adulthood turned into an unhealthy obsession for their fries and Big Macs. Even though I no longer indulge or go near a McDonald’s establishment except on race day for a Egg McMuffin, it saddens me that up north in Santa Clara county, toys have been banned from Happy Meals. Open up that magical cardboard box and all you get is food. How disappointing.  Where’s the fun in that?

The ban comes from protests to bring down the Ronald McDonald enterprise which is solely blamed for the cause of childhood obesity. Do the parents not see their part in this? Who’s decision was it to drive to McDonald’s vs cooking a healthy nutritious meal at home? And who’s to say eliminating the toys will resolve the problem? It’s still the responsibility of the parent to feed their child properly. You can’t stop them from ordering another meal. In most cases, the children only eat a small portion leaving the rest for the parents. Their sole focus is the toy. Take away the toy and you’re providing calories. Wasn’t that the intention? To eradicate the calories? The source of the problem. Who wins? McDonald’s.

A proper solution would be to implement educational classes for parents who want to take a fundamental approach to feeding their children properly. Make McDonald’s and other fast food chains responsible for providing these vital resources – much like the cigarette companies placing warning labels on their products. Make the other party suffer a little. Don’t protest, work in synergy.  Nowadays, we are seeing healthier options for Happy Meals – milk, juice, and apples vs. hamburger, fries, and coke. Suggest more of the same to continue in other chains.

Ultimately, the decision lies in the parent. Will you raise your child to lead a life of health and prosperity or into a downward spiral of self loathing and obesity?

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  • Amber Avines

    Removing the toys? Wow. I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility. Parents should shape their childrens’ choices and, as you say, McDonald’s does offer many healthy options these days. What’s next? Putting an additive into potato chips so they taste bad? Adding ipecac to alcohol so it makes you throw up? America needs to remember we are a country founded on freedom. We have the ability to choose what’s right for us and what’s not. Parents make these decisions every day when it comes to keeping their children out of traffic and telling them not to go anywhere with strangers. However, they somehow forget to exert their parental influence when it comes to food. Stop making excuses and blaming others for your choices. Banning toys is not the answer.

  • Amber Avines

    Removing the toys? Wow. I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility. Parents should shape their childrens’ choices and, as you say, McDonald’s does offer many healthy options these days. What’s next? Putting an additive into potato chips so they taste bad? Adding ipecac to alcohol so it makes you throw up? America needs to remember we are a country founded on freedom. We have the ability to choose what’s right for us and what’s not. Parents make these decisions every day when it comes to keeping their children out of traffic and telling them not to go anywhere with strangers. However, they somehow forget to exert their parental influence when it comes to food. Stop making excuses and blaming others for your choices. Banning toys is not the answer.