Everyday, McDonald’s receives complaints detailing the impact of its unhealthy menu. Food and health activists have cried over and over again to shut the company down in addition to supporting frivolous lawsuits that would’ve never existed if Americans exercised self-control.
It is no secret that regularly eating hamburgers and French fries will desecrate your body. When I hear adults or worse, parents, complain about McDonald’s impact on childhood obesity, my response is poo poo.
Recently, McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner found himself in a tight space when Corporate Accountability International paid for an advertising campaign that stated, once again, that McDonald’s is contributing to childhood obesity and calling for the retirement of the Ronald McDonald clown.
Why not invest that money in “hydrating” the food deserts that plague low-income communities? When McDonald’s is one of few eating establishments, no wonder children (and parents) conveniently purchase their products.
Or what about holding parents accountable for letting their children’s diets go array? Before most children can devour a Happy Meal, a parent has to purchase it, so why are we blaming McDonald’s?
Skinner replied to the criticism, stating:
“We believe in the democratic process and our government officials believe in the democratic process…This is about choice, this is about personal, individual right to choose in the society we live in. That’s where we play, that’s where you play, and we have every right to do so.”
He’s right. McDonald’s has the right to produce disgusting food and we have the right to reject it. It would be more effective for Corporate Accountability International to invest in teaching Americans self-control.