Of course these companies are going to target children. It's all about the money and what sells. That's old news. However, other than making the information available to me, as a parent, I don't really favor much in the way of gov't intervention. I [highlight, bold and underline] - I AM THE PARENT OF MY CHILD. The Government is not. I am responsible for choosing the foods that they will eat, the products that I allow them to have. I don't want some lobbyist or beaurocrat up in Washington or the State Legislature trying to take those decisions out of my hands. I actively protest companies by writing letters about policies that bother me, and I let them know when I will be taking my business elsewhere and why. If EVERYONE did the same, we would have a far more effective voice than any piece of legislation out there. Consumers ARE the driving force. We have a lot of power, if we would only use it collectively.
11/18/2010 - 1:52pm
I don't think you can blame the fast food restaurants. They are serving what the parents order. Of course my kids would rather have fries and a coke. It's my job to say no. They'd rather stay up all night, skip homework and never brush their teeth too but it's my job as a parent to set some boundaries and enforce them. Sure my kids are disappointed at times but they are also disappointed when I don't buy them sugary cereals or a candy bar at the store. They get over it. Parents are the ones that need to step up and do the right thing. If parents only ordered the healthy options, that's what the restaurants would offer.