Sunday, May 3, 2009

Let's Blame McDonalds

According to Wikipedia in their article for McDonald Land...

As obesity has become a growing problem in recent years, McDonald's and other fast food chains have been under increasing pressure to revamp their products and advertising with healthier alternatives. As part of this campaign, McDonald's has agreed to discontinue marketing to children under the age of twelve.

This to me is complete horseshit. Yes obesity is a growing problem but no McDonalds and fast food are not solely to blame. In fact they are a small small part of the blame. Kids have been eating McDonalds and drinking pop for ages and why is it that obesity is started to become a problem now? Because instead of eating the fast food and drinking the pop and then going out and running off the pounds in play Kids today come home and park their ass on the TV to play PS 3 and XBOX 360 or they are on the computer.

Kids eating habits haven't changed their physical activities have.

3 comments:

et said...

This is very resonant right now because we just finished watching our weekend rental movie, "Milk." Powerful film, btw. Anyway, if you remember, the shooter's lawyers in that case employed what came to be called the "Twinkie defense" that he had been driven to murder by a chemical imbalance caused by his pernicious diet of junk food.

Junk food certainly doesn't help, but I'll agree it's only part of the story. At least a number of the games for the Wii actually get the player up and moving something other than his or her fingers and thumb.

Count Istvan said...

Junk food certainly doesn't help, but I'll agree it's only part of the story. At least a number of the games for the Wii actually get the player up and moving something other than his or her fingers and thumb.

Exactly. I don't advocate fast food 7 days a week for anybody, but to just point the finger at fast food is crazy,

et said...

It's a cop-out...just like saying that if you teach evolution in the public schools, you're going to undermine kids' faith. Isn't the "faith" part of that supposed to be in the hands of the parents and their church? And if they're so unable to instill it effectively that one science class is going to topple the whole edifice...then you're going to blame the schools?

Extreme leap from fast food to the evolution/creationism balderdash, to be sure, but it's a symptom of the same thing: this mindset that says whatever happens, when it goes negative in some way, look somewhere else than toward your own doorstep and at your own choices, and move heaven and earth to fix responsibility elsewhere.

To paraphrase Eleanor Roosevelt's famous words, "Nobody can make you anything without your consent."

Parents (of kids), and then grown individuals, need to own their own choices - of education, lifestyle, career, and so forth - and accept the consequences that come from them, both the good and the bad. It doesn't do to scapegoat.

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