Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
Yes adults do have a choice, however, their children don't, when the parents bring them there. Diabetes in children is skyrocketing...and this is mainly due to the fast food industry. The children are developing type II diabetes, this used to be called Adult Onset Diabetes. I see children everyday in my clinic who are grosly overwieight at 8 and 10 years of age..with cholesterol levels that one would normally see in an unhealthy 40 yr old! Blood pressures too are high...these kids are a stroke time bomb. As we all know carbs and fats taste good and are very addictive, the parents are setting up lifetime of poor eating patterns. One could claim this as abuse.
Yes the film is over the top...that's what good satire is all about, to wake you up, and shake you by the boots. Some hospitals now have McDonalds or Burger King on premises...great way to drum up busines huh? I don't care what fast food joint you eat at McDonalds, BK, Wendy's, etc, it's just poor quality, mass produced food, processed under God knows what conditions...YUCK!
Okay this probably isn't going to be a really poplular thought but personal responsibility should and does extend to how you take care of your children. In other words, if those parents and you're taking their kids to McDonalds everyday of the week and letting them supersize anything then there is a problem not with McDonalds, not with their kids (beyond the health problem they may wind up with) but with them, the parent.
I mean, come on, how many of us really think that anything served at any of these fast food restuarants is good for us? Pick up the brochure that details the nutritional value if you have to. (Usually at least around here, these are placed right beside the napkins and occasion are printed on the tray liners) The salads there are load down with fat, the burgers and fries are loaded with fat. The soft drinks are fattening. I'm pretty sure they haven't figured out how to fatten up the water.
If they actually believe that McDonalds is healthy then I hate to say it either they've been living under a rock or they're just plain stupid.
And quite frankly I used to whine at my parents all the time to take me to fast food place, and you know what they told me? No. That's right they told me no. These parents could do the same thing and they choose not to for whatever reason. And yes, I've had to do the same thing. I don't have children of my own but I do watch my cousin's children fairly often and they get to go to McDonald exactly once a year with me...the day of the circus...it's a special day just for us.