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Are Happy Meals really a problem? Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver doesn’t think so...

By Michelle Edelbaum, August 10, 2010 - 4:42pm

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Michelle asks: Do you think Happy Meals are a problem? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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Happy Meals are a wonderful treat. We sure don't need the government trying to run our lives, our menus or our personal cravings! (Big Brother is watching you!) The American public is NOT stupid and we do NOT need any consumer group, government group or anyone else making choices for us. People are healthier when they decide to be healthier, not when someone dictates it. Let the kids have an occasional Happy Meal and thank McDonalds! Two or three times a year I absolutely must have a McDonald's cheeseburger to stop my cravings. It works, and it saves me from eating everything in sight without satisfaction. So, thank you, McDonalds. I won't live on a diet of fast food,, but it is a great TREAT!

Anonymous

08/17/2010 - 2:29am

Leave McDonald's alone. Being healthy is an individual responsiblity. The "food police" are insulting the public. They make it very clear that they don't believe individuals have the intelligence to make their own decisions so they will make the decisions for them. My kids had an occassional Happy Meal and they are none the worse for it. Now they rarely eat any fast food offerings. Has anyone done a study of just how many Happy Meals or Kid's Meals children eat in a year, 2 years, 5 years? I know children that are overweight but don't eat McDonals, Burger King, or Wendy"s. I'd be very interested in the McDonald's sales figures in Santa Clara in the next few months. I'll predict that the drop in Happy meals will be minimal, if any.
Kids Like burgers and fries.
If CPSI really wants to do something, come up with some counter advertising to educate the public, rather than force their beliefs and standards on them.

Anonymous

08/16/2010 - 3:58pm

My kids do not even like the toys they just love the fries-we try not to drive in that direction just to avoid the nagging form the back seat-every once in a while is fine but if we drive past there on our way to school or the store then its "fries? just fries? oh and I need the chocolate milk with my fries"one bag of small french fries spoiles the dinner or the lunch we planned to have-so if we plan to have that for a treat then we go that way-if not we just drive around it- :)
I personally love the nuggets :O)

Anonymous

08/16/2010 - 3:08pm

No, Happy Meals are not the problem. Jamie Oliver is right on! The problem is we as adults take the short cuts too often. If we take our health, our well-being, seriously then we will put more effort into eating healthy as a way of life. If we are doing that, we will be more inspired and motivated to teach our kids how to do the same.

Anonymous

08/15/2010 - 2:39pm

I do not think Happy Meals are a problem. As an adult, I enjoy one myself. With the choice of apple dippers instead of french fries, plus the choice of milk, why not? Linda

Anonymous

08/13/2010 - 9:08am

I don't think Happy Meals are the problem. I think parents should take the responsibility for the types of food their children eat. Kids arent driving themselves to Mc Donalds. They aren't the ones pulling the money out of their wallets to pay for the meals. Parents need to make the responsible decision to feed their children healthy foods. I do agree that a happy meal can be a nice treat every once in a while. But that's all it should be, not a daily staple of a childs diet. It is up to the parents to make good choices for their children. In turn, children will learn, by example, to make good decision for themselves.

Anonymous

08/12/2010 - 12:52pm

I don't think Happy Meals are the problem. I think parents should take the responsibility for the types of food their children eat. Kids arent driving themselves to Mc Donalds. They aren't the ones pulling the money out of their wallets to pay for the meals. Parents need to make the responsible decision to feed their children healthy foods. I do agree that a happy meal can be a nice treat every once in a while. But that's all it should be, not a daily staple of a childs diet. It is up to the parents to make good choices for their children. In turn, children will learn, by example, to make good decision for themselves.

Anonymous

08/12/2010 - 12:38pm

I agree with Jamie Oliver. We should teach our children to view Happy Meals and other junk food as a treat. Parents need to step up to the plate and be parents, not expect McDonald's and other big corporations to parent for us. If we start to treat food like Happy Meals as occasional treats, then the food that is out there for the consumer will change to meet our demands. Besides, where do you draw the line? Next thing you know, someone will be suing grocery stores for having candy bars next to the check out, or 7-eleven for selling slushies, or dairies for making ice cream. It's all about making healthy choices, not food censorship.

Anonymous

08/11/2010 - 12:00pm

I don't think happy meals are a problem. I think the real problem is that parent's don't know how to say "No" when their kids want something. My parent's raised me with healthly eating habits and taught me to eat balanced meals, and that junk food is a special treat. Everything in moderation. I went to Burger King maybe a couple of times a year as a treat, and the food wasn't even what I looked foward to-it was the play gym. My daughter is 3 and I am raising her in a house without junk food, her treats at home are yogurt, applesauce and fresh fruit. If we want junk as a treat we would go out for it, and it would be once in a great while, especially since she is only 3. Of course kids see the toys and want the meals- kids want a lot of things, it doesn't mean that parents should give them whatever they want. I think that's the main issue here-overindulging our children.

Anonymous

08/10/2010 - 10:29pm

We get the kids Happy Meals once a month (as a treat). Do they nag me for one more often than that? Of course! But guess what? I am the parent. I am the one who decides whether or not to have a H.M., not my kids. Kids are constantly being targeted in marketing campaign (cereals, snacks, toys, clothes, etc.). It's our job as parents to make the right choices for our kids in hopes that they will be able to make the right choices once they are on their own.

yproni

08/10/2010 - 10:28pm

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