Wednesday, March 31, 2010

First it Was Cookie Monster, Now Ronald McDonald

I cannot believe that there is a movement afoot to do away with Ronald McDonald. According to consumer activist groups good old Ronald is responsible for hooking children on greasy, fattening, unhealthy food. They are blaming Ronald for childhood poor health and obesity. Hmmm, I don't think that Ronald McDonald is forcing greasy burgers and Chicken McNuggets down our kids throats. I do see the Ronald McDonald houses that are scattered across the world, helping families to stay near their critically ill children. The Ronald McDonald House Charities support many programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Local McDonald Restaurants generously fund portions of the operating costs of the Houses. It was about two years ago when we said goodbye to the Cookie Monster that we all knew and loved. Cookie bent to the pressure and gave up cookies for the better things in life, like vegetables. Ugh! I guess I am confused as to why people feel the need to lay the blame for obese children on anyone but the children's parents. I don't think an occasional meal at MCDonald's or a couple of cookies is going to make a kid fat, and whose fault is it if the child eats more than an occasional Happy Meal? At the end of the day parents need to step up and take responsibility for what their children are putting in their mouths and stomachs. Leave Ronald alone. Be a responsible parent, set limits on what your children eat. Stop the blame game and look in the mirror.

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