Even McDonalds thinks we’re too fat
Posted by Lyn May
Ronald McDonald, we all grew up with that big ol’ smile, red nose and floppy shoes. And every time mom drove by McDonald’s, we’d scream at the top of our lungs til we had our little fat hands wrapped around an even fatter cheeseburger, over-salted, greasy french fries, and then, to wash it all down, our favorite over-syruped beverage, full of caffeine, so as to counteract the effects of the shock our systems are going through in attempting to digest this conglomeration we have come to call a “meal.”
Yes, boys and girls, McDonald’s has announced that they are now health-conscious. “We want to ensure the highest standard of food for our nation’s children.” But let us break this down to what’s really going on.
McDonald’s got it’s humble beginnings in 1940 by a couple of brothers. There names, Richard and Mauice McDonald. They saw an opportunity with the country, San Bernadino, California in particular, and the way people ate their meals. Or didn’t in some cases. “A speedy meal for a speedy worker.” Their focus was on speed. Getting those burgers out the door as quickly as possible. And before long, the convenience of NOT needing a wife or a mother to generate that meal became appealing – especially to the wives and mothers. And the rest is history.
Today, thanks to hundreds of campaigns devoted to educating the public about the effects of not eating a healthy diet, the industry is slowly beginning to shift. Shifting in favor of our bodies. You see the trend of green living, organic eating, excercise, shut off your car and ride a bike… you get the point. But corporate meal factories like McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy’s, are feeling the effects of people straying from these forms of restaurants. In rebuttal, they are standing strong… via marketing.
Like any good corporation, so as not to be left behind, they have announced a healthier solution to the growing number of organizations advocating child health and welfare. Here are just a couple of the alternatives for children:
Instead of over-salted, greasy french fries, the children now can choose a packet of apples. Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There’s a tub of over-sugared carmel dip in there for the apples. And who doesn’t like caramel apples? I do. Additonally, the kids can get a packet of vegetables. Again, not bad McDonald’s. Wait… they will also have a tub of Ranch sauce or artificial cheese sauce to go along with it. And let’s not forget the packet of cookies and the high-sodium, high-caffeine, hig-fructose corn syrup of a beverage to wash down all that goodness.
And we wonder why our children are increasingly getting fatter and fatter. Every year, statistics show that childhood obesity is growing and is becoming a epidemic. Since 1980, obesity amongst children has tripled. Over 17% of all children between the ages of 2 and 19 are considered to be, not overweight, but obese. There is absolutely NO reason for a child to be overweight. Let me say it again in case your eyes jumped a few words when your heart gasped for for air after consuming Wendy’s 1/2lb. bacon cheeseburger they call the “Baconator.”