From the article Manny mentioned: “These results add evidence to support recommendations to regulate or ban advertising or marketing of high calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages, or all marketing, that is directed to young children.” concluded the authors"
This talks about branding and marketing. This really proved that kids like the idea of McDonalds and be it from seeing it on TV, driving by one or going to another kid’s birthday party hosted at a McDonalds kids love the idea of McDonalds.
If we are so concerned about McDonalds then teach kids that it is not a daily replacement for their meals but an occasional treat that they can have once in a while. Educate kids to know that a well balanced diet along with daily exercise is the best way to stay healthy. Also throw in some of the reasons WHY they will want to avoid McDonalds on a regular basis, not just high cholestrol, weight gain, all the obvious reasons we shouldn’t eat it but what those things DO to a person’s life. Does telling a kid they may become fat or develop high cholestrol if they eat too much fast food mean, really mean anything to them? No, it means a problem that they may or may not have to deal with when they’re an adult, but can’t they just have a Happy Meal today, please?
Education baby! Thats the way to help the youth and kids today.
That being said, of all the fast food restrauants, I give kudos to McDonalds for putting the nutritional info on their regular menu items! I can grab a hamburger, cheese burger, or if I’m really hungry (and on the go) double cheeseburger from there and not have to search on the internet to see exactly how many carbs, and sadly how many calories I am consuming. If I mamage to plan my day right I don’t visit fast food places, but some days are too crazy and too crunched for time to brown bag my lunch.