More On The Nine-Year-Old Media Hero

I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but I came across an interview with the nine-year-old girl who parroted her mother’s opinions about McDonald’s at a shareholders meeting and was hailed by the media as a hero as a result.  I think the interview proves the points I made in my last post.

Before we get to that, I’ll explain my opinion of what motivates the anti-McDonald’s activists.  If you’ve seen Fat Head, you may remember the part where I said something like this:

“When I’ve discussed the merits of Super Size Me with my friends and associates, I noticed a curious pattern:  almost everyone who really likes that movie shares a common and dearly-held belief …”

(on-screen graphic)   POOR PEOPLE ARE STUPID!

Dr. Eric Oliver then appeared to say what struck him about Super Size Me was the underlying attitude that the poor can’t be trusted to make decisions for themselves and need someone else to step in and protect them.  The people who want other people “protected” from McDonald’s are snobs.  (My label, not Dr. Oliver’s.)

As Jacob Sullum explained elsewhere in the film, not everyone has the same values.  I’d rather be healthy than eat junk food.  That’s my choice.  But some people value pleasure over long-term health.  They know sodas and french fries are junk food, but choose to consume them anyway. That’s their choice.  It doesn’t seem to occur to the elitists that a person can knowingly eat junk food without being a victim.

Back when I worked at home and had more time to break my own rule about not arguing with idiots, I participated in a couple of online debates that went something like this:

Of course we should put limits on advertising by McDonald’s!  They use slick advertising to sucker people into eating their lousy food.

I’m sorry McDonald’s suckered you into eating their food.  I hope you recover soon.

I didn’t say I eat there.  I never eat there.

So you’re just concerned about people who lack your superior intelligence and ability to resist slick advertising.  Must be very flattering to view so many other people as your inferiors.

Well what about kids?  They don’t know any better.

That’s why there are parents.  Kids can’t eat at McDonald’s unless their parents take them to the restaurant and buy the food.

But kids see the ads and want the Happy Meals and badger their parents until the parents give in.

I’m sorry your kids badgered you into buying them Happy Meals.

I DON’T BUY HAPPY MEALS FOR MY KIDS.  I know better.

I see.  So you’re not really concerned about McDonald’s advertising to your kids.  You’re concerned about them advertising to kids whose parents lack your superior intelligence and ability to resist being badgered.

I didn’t say that!

No, they don’t come out and say it, but that’s clearly what they mean.  Which brings me to the interview with Hannah, the nine-year-old media hero.  Let’s look at some quotes:

Q. Why did you bawl out McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson?

A. Because I wanted to speak for all those kids and parents who wanted to have that voice and talk to McDonald’s.

Q. Can you sum up what you told him?

A. I said it’s not fair that big companies try to trick kids into eating food that’s not good for them by giving them toys — and with cartoon characters.

Okay, so she felt the need to stand up for all the kids who are tricked into eating at McDonald’s.  Surely she has bad memories of being tricked herself.

Q. How many times have you eaten at McDonald’s?

A. I don’t know. Maybe three or four times.

EXCUSE ME?!!  If McDonald’s is so good at “tricking” kids into eating their Happy Meals, why has she only eaten there three or four times in her entire life?  This isn’t a case of her mom taking her to McDonald’s for the hundredth time and then smacking herself in the head and saying, “Dangit!  Those sneaky bastards tricked me again with their cartoon characters!”  Nope, Mom doesn’t take little Hannah to McDonald’s.  She’s a smart lady, you see – an activist and all that.  But she’s very worried that the stupid people won’t be able to resist the cartoon-character ads.

Q. What’s your biggest problem with McDonald’s?

A. My biggest problem with McDonald’s is that they trick kids into eating their food by using toys and cartoon characters and sports icons.

Q. What if they stopped all that?

A. If they put more healthy food on their menu, I’d be OK with that. But when you think of the Golden Arches and McDonald’s, you think of Big Macs, fries and nuggets.

So Hannah and her mom would be “OK with that” if McDonald’s completely abandoned their business model and served the kinds of foods Hannah’s mom thinks other people should be eating.  Apparently Hannah’s mom believes people are automatons who will just eat whatever McDonald’s serves.  Riiiiight.  I’m sure the McDonald’s executives wish it were that easy — especially those who were around for the McLean fiasco.

If McDonald’s decided to serve the foods Hannah’s mom wants other people to eat, here’s what would happen:  their customers would start going to Burger King.

Q. What do you think McDonald’s should add to its menu?

A. Healthy things like kale chips and veggies on a stick and fruit on a stick.

Those must be your favorite foods, then – the kinds of foods you’d go out to a restaurant to buy.

Q. What’s your favorite meal?

A. Spaghetti, tomato sauce, garlic bread and Caesar salad.

What happened to kale chips and veggies on a stick?

Q. Where do you like to eat out?

A. Pizza places.

Pasta, bread and pizza … well, thank goodness you don’t eat at McDonald’s.  Those burgers are bad for you.

Q. Who wrote your speech?

A. Me and my mom wrote it together at home on the computer. It took about a day to write.

“Here, Hannah.  Mommy wrote a speech for you to give at the shareholders meeting.”

“Why am I am giving the speech, Mommy?”

“Because, Sweetheart, if you stand up and say Mommy’s words, the media will swoon and hail you as a brave little hero.  If Mommy stands up and says Mommy’s words, they might think I’m just a busybody elitist.”

And that’s exactly what she is.  Instead of insisting McDonald’s serve kale chips and veggie sticks, I’d suggest she open her own chain of restaurants and put those items on the menu.  I’m sure she’d sell billions and billions.


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113 thoughts on “More On The Nine-Year-Old Media Hero

  1. Ed

    I’m not sure if I’m a conservative leaning Libertarian or a Libertarian leaning conservative.

    Many issues leave me feeling conflicted. Motorcycle helmet laws are one prime example.

    I firmly believe in personal choice and self responsibility. Therein lies the rub. Our society and government force me to be responsible for and pay for other people’s stupid choices and screw ups.

    I believe everyone, or at least every adult, has the right to make their own choices as long as they bear total responsibility for those choices. Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in. We are ALL forced to bear the responsibility and cost. Wish I could figure out a solution to that problem.

    Two things to keep in mind:

    1) If we’re going to restrict people’s freedoms anytime there’s a potential cost to “society,” then we can restrict almost anything … hiking in the woods (you could get lost or hurt and require rescuing), skiing, having children, playing football with your friends, taking a walk in a neighborhood with a high crime rate, etc.

    2) We don’t all pay.

    I wrote about that in this post:

    http://www.fathead-movie.com/index.php/2010/02/18/meme-roth-a-burden-on-us-all/

    Reply
    1. Jim Butler

      Helmet laws are an excellent example of a complete lack of logic and facts. The reason given for such laws is to reduce head injuries, thereby reducing the “burden” on the remaining public who don’t ride a motorcycle.
      I used to have this debate frequently.
      “Do you believe helmets should be worn?”
      “YES!…they reduce head injuries!!!”
      “Great…You are of course aware that there are hundreds of thousands of head injuries to drivers of automobiles, so you of course would support ALL drivers of ANY type of vehicle to wear helmets, right?”
      “Ummmm…no…wait….THAT’S crazy!!!”
      “Why is it crazy? You want to reduce head injuries. There are far more head injuries due to car accidents than there are due to motorcycle injuries.”
      “I don’t believe that!”

      And there you have it. The statistics are readily available, but that never mattered.

      When I had a bike, I wore a helmet. Usually. In many states in New England, it was my choice. But other people demanding that I wear a helmet without knowledge of the facts that there are far more head injuries in car accidents as a whole was just ridiculous.

      And as to the main topic…if there IS a hell, there’s a special place in it for people who use their children to forward and promote their own ideology. Our duty as parents is to raise our children such that they can think, reason, and make up their own minds about things as they enter adulthood, not to just parrot what we tell them.

      /soapbox off

      Jim

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  2. Bruce

    I wonder if the “mom” has GEICO insurance because she likes the cute little gecko?

    I saw this the other day…
    “I’ve come to learn that liberal means I do what I want and I also get to tell you what’s good for you.”

    Probably. Cartoon characters are apparently irresistible.

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  3. Ulfric Douglas

    If your poor people eat at MacDonalds they HAVE TOO MUCH MONEY!!!

    Nah, McDonald’s can be a cheap meal.

    Reply
  4. Ed

    I’m not sure if I’m a conservative leaning Libertarian or a Libertarian leaning conservative.

    Many issues leave me feeling conflicted. Motorcycle helmet laws are one prime example.

    I firmly believe in personal choice and self responsibility. Therein lies the rub. Our society and government force me to be responsible for and pay for other people’s stupid choices and screw ups.

    I believe everyone, or at least every adult, has the right to make their own choices as long as they bear total responsibility for those choices. Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in. We are ALL forced to bear the responsibility and cost. Wish I could figure out a solution to that problem.

    Two things to keep in mind:

    1) If we’re going to restrict people’s freedoms anytime there’s a potential cost to “society,” then we can restrict almost anything … hiking in the woods (you could get lost or hurt and require rescuing), skiing, having children, playing football with your friends, taking a walk in a neighborhood with a high crime rate, etc.

    2) We don’t all pay.

    I wrote about that in this post:

    http://www.fathead-movie.com/index.php/2010/02/18/meme-roth-a-burden-on-us-all/

    Reply
    1. Jim Butler

      Helmet laws are an excellent example of a complete lack of logic and facts. The reason given for such laws is to reduce head injuries, thereby reducing the “burden” on the remaining public who don’t ride a motorcycle.
      I used to have this debate frequently.
      “Do you believe helmets should be worn?”
      “YES!…they reduce head injuries!!!”
      “Great…You are of course aware that there are hundreds of thousands of head injuries to drivers of automobiles, so you of course would support ALL drivers of ANY type of vehicle to wear helmets, right?”
      “Ummmm…no…wait….THAT’S crazy!!!”
      “Why is it crazy? You want to reduce head injuries. There are far more head injuries due to car accidents than there are due to motorcycle injuries.”
      “I don’t believe that!”

      And there you have it. The statistics are readily available, but that never mattered.

      When I had a bike, I wore a helmet. Usually. In many states in New England, it was my choice. But other people demanding that I wear a helmet without knowledge of the facts that there are far more head injuries in car accidents as a whole was just ridiculous.

      And as to the main topic…if there IS a hell, there’s a special place in it for people who use their children to forward and promote their own ideology. Our duty as parents is to raise our children such that they can think, reason, and make up their own minds about things as they enter adulthood, not to just parrot what we tell them.

      /soapbox off

      Jim

      Reply
  5. Angel

    Ah, it’s so rare to see all these slavishly-worshipped children called out for what they are (parents’ pawns). One of the many reasons I don’t watch news anymore is stupid stories like this. Another variation is: child performs extraordinarily difficult feat with tremendous parental help, child becomes media darling and parent is mentioned only in passing.

    My childhood might have been a few decades ago, but I remember what I was able to accomplish without my parents, and that was – virtually nothing. It never fails to amaze me when people actually believe that these children did what was reported.

    Agreed. Our girls are starting to record episodes of their own YouTube show, and they of course need lots of help from Mom.

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  6. Gregg Sheehan

    After my wife and I having lost over 8 kg each in the last 2 months eating LCHF, I was amused and inspired by the kid in this video (as well as annoyed by the woman). Seems that the kid knows more than the adults about appropriate diet he could be the poster child for LCHF. I don’t know the full background to the story but I suspect it is from one of those reality shows. “Bacon is good for me!” http://youtu.be/qc59l9M4PHw

    The boy has the right idea.

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  7. Bruce

    I wonder if the “mom” has GEICO insurance because she likes the cute little gecko?

    I saw this the other day…
    “I’ve come to learn that liberal means I do what I want and I also get to tell you what’s good for you.”

    Probably. Cartoon characters are apparently irresistible.

    Reply
  8. Gregg Sheehan

    BTW, I forgot to mention that we are each 8kg lighter because I saw your Fathead movie and have been researching ever since. Thanks!
    Gregg

    Those are excellent results. Congratulations.

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  9. Angel

    Ah, it’s so rare to see all these slavishly-worshipped children called out for what they are (parents’ pawns). One of the many reasons I don’t watch news anymore is stupid stories like this. Another variation is: child performs extraordinarily difficult feat with tremendous parental help, child becomes media darling and parent is mentioned only in passing.

    My childhood might have been a few decades ago, but I remember what I was able to accomplish without my parents, and that was – virtually nothing. It never fails to amaze me when people actually believe that these children did what was reported.

    Agreed. Our girls are starting to record episodes of their own YouTube show, and they of course need lots of help from Mom.

    Reply
  10. Gregg Sheehan

    After my wife and I having lost over 8 kg each in the last 2 months eating LCHF, I was amused and inspired by the kid in this video (as well as annoyed by the woman). Seems that the kid knows more than the adults about appropriate diet he could be the poster child for LCHF. I don’t know the full background to the story but I suspect it is from one of those reality shows. “Bacon is good for me!” http://youtu.be/qc59l9M4PHw

    The boy has the right idea.

    Reply
  11. Gregg Sheehan

    BTW, I forgot to mention that we are each 8kg lighter because I saw your Fathead movie and have been researching ever since. Thanks!
    Gregg

    Those are excellent results. Congratulations.

    Reply
  12. Galina L.

    My son grew-up lean and without cavities. I used to take him to McD at least once a week because he could play there at any weather, but I didn’t keep a junk at home and cooked all meals. It is just stupid to request from a fast food place to provide a home-cooked meals. I whish they would use beef tallow again.

    McDonald’s is what it is. Everyone knows what it is. People like Hannah’s mom may as well demand that Ben & Jerry’s start serving fruit cups instead of ice cream.

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  13. Cameron Baum

    Tom, go back to the kid in five or ten years. Chances are the opinions will be different.

    Here is what I thought of when reading this:

    http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_Blue

    Those two girls still question the Holocaust, but when you consider the mental and extreme views of mummy, I can’t say I am too surprised.

    Getting on topic, I wonder if the solution is to have this kid put on televion in a debate with your kids. I know you won’t make them parrot anythong, and would probably be able to be more capable than the kid spoon-fed information and given scripts to read from.

    But then, we are stooping to thier level, which I hate the idea of

    My daughter Sara would shred that kid in a debate. She’s already a fierce little debater at age 9. Just ask her mom.

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  14. Jim Butler

    A quick note on fast food choices, MickyDees or others.
    In my current job, I travel…a lot. Some weeks I’m in 4 airports and 5 different cities.
    I’m currently confronted with the “I’m hungry…what the heck can I find to eat?” question.
    I do go to fast-food establishments, as sometimes it’s the only option I have available. In the morning, for breakfast, I go to Dunk’s and order a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich with no bread. It sometimes takes a minute to get the idea across, but it works. I’ve actually been to a few Dunk’s that must be frequented by a lot of low-carbers, because they’ll say “Oh…do you want a double-egg, sausage, cheese?” Meaning the take two eggs and put the sausage and cheese in the middle. Perfect.
    I was driving home from New Jersey last week, and around 7pm I was hungry, and also needed gas. Rest area, Burger King…ordered a Whopper w/Cheese, took it to a table, took the top bun off, slid the burger off the bottom bun into the other side of the little stryofoam thingy, and had a nice little low-carb snack.
    Yesterday my wife and I worked all day on getting our house ready to sell. Neither of us felt like cooking. She’s not LCHP yet, just me. We ordered subs for delivery. I got my favorite, Italian, toasted, with EVERYTHING including hots, she got a meatball. When they arrived, I grabbed a big salad bowl, and dumped the entire contents out of the roll into the bowl. GREAT chef’s salad, tons of bologna, salami, capacola, cheese, all on top of shredded lettuce, tomatoes and hot peppers, dressed with oliveoil/vinegar with oregano. And it was great. Bread went in the trash 🙂

    So there are ways 😉 You just have to be a little creative.

    Jim

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    1. Cameron Baum

      You know, Burger King is interesting. In the UK over a decade ago, they went and added butter to the bun, and upped the fat content of the mayonaise, to make it taste better.

      You can order the Whopper with no bun. Tell them to line the Whopper box with a couple of cheeseburger wrappers, and it’ll be good. They might be confused, but they’ll do it for you, and telling them about the wrappers will tell them this has been done before, and clearly works. (and it does. I have worked in there before now, and have ordered it that way as well.)

      We go to Five Guys for burgers here in Franklin. They’ll happily wrap your burger in lettuce.

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    2. Jill

      I used to order a chicken salad baguette at a cafe I frequent. After I read Wheat Belly I ordered it and threw the baguette away. Then they came up with a name for it: BREADLESS BAGUETTE.
      i get my chicken salad (fresh and fab and I don’t have to make it) they don’t waste a baguette and we’re all good!! 🙂

      i do this too with every fast food meal I buy involving bread, although sometimes I order a pat of butter with them!

      ON the odd occasion I order fries, instead of the tomato sauce or mayo that comes with it, I order avocado or yoghurt if available. Many cafes are very accommodating in this respect unless it’s all premade.

      Yep – creative.

      I rarely order fries, but if I do, it’s at Five Guys. Their fries are made from potatoes cut right there in the restaurant and they’re cooked in peanut oil, not soybean or canola oil.

      Reply
      1. John

        I love Five Guys, and I am a huge fan of Peanut oil. However, not all peanut oil is created equal. Most of the peanut oil used to fry foods in restaurants contains TBHQ. It is actually quite difficult for me to find pure peanut oil where I live (Northern Virginia the home of Five Guys).

        It’s probably not the highest quality, but for the few times in a year that I eat fries, I don’t worry about it.

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  15. Ted Hutchinson

    i agree the idea that asking the food industry to act responsibly and control itself in the promotion of addictive foods to children is about as stupid as inviting burglars into your home to install a new security system.
    But we do have to be aware of the
    The Addictive Dimensionality of Obesity
    which concludes
    “It is telling that the two largest preventable threats to public
    health (smoking and obesity) involve the reward circuit that drives the motivation of individuals to consume rewards despite the fact that they are harmful to their health.
    Solutions to both of these epidemics will require, in addition to individual tailored
    approaches, broad public health initiatives that promote smart changes in the environment.

    Reply
  16. Cameron Baum

    Tom, go back to the kid in five or ten years. Chances are the opinions will be different.

    Here is what I thought of when reading this:

    http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_Blue

    Those two girls still question the Holocaust, but when you consider the mental and extreme views of mummy, I can’t say I am too surprised.

    Getting on topic, I wonder if the solution is to have this kid put on televion in a debate with your kids. I know you won’t make them parrot anythong, and would probably be able to be more capable than the kid spoon-fed information and given scripts to read from.

    But then, we are stooping to thier level, which I hate the idea of

    My daughter Sara would shred that kid in a debate. She’s already a fierce little debater at age 9. Just ask her mom.

    Reply
  17. Jim Butler

    A quick note on fast food choices, MickyDees or others.
    In my current job, I travel…a lot. Some weeks I’m in 4 airports and 5 different cities.
    I’m currently confronted with the “I’m hungry…what the heck can I find to eat?” question.
    I do go to fast-food establishments, as sometimes it’s the only option I have available. In the morning, for breakfast, I go to Dunk’s and order a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich with no bread. It sometimes takes a minute to get the idea across, but it works. I’ve actually been to a few Dunk’s that must be frequented by a lot of low-carbers, because they’ll say “Oh…do you want a double-egg, sausage, cheese?” Meaning the take two eggs and put the sausage and cheese in the middle. Perfect.
    I was driving home from New Jersey last week, and around 7pm I was hungry, and also needed gas. Rest area, Burger King…ordered a Whopper w/Cheese, took it to a table, took the top bun off, slid the burger off the bottom bun into the other side of the little stryofoam thingy, and had a nice little low-carb snack.
    Yesterday my wife and I worked all day on getting our house ready to sell. Neither of us felt like cooking. She’s not LCHP yet, just me. We ordered subs for delivery. I got my favorite, Italian, toasted, with EVERYTHING including hots, she got a meatball. When they arrived, I grabbed a big salad bowl, and dumped the entire contents out of the roll into the bowl. GREAT chef’s salad, tons of bologna, salami, capacola, cheese, all on top of shredded lettuce, tomatoes and hot peppers, dressed with oliveoil/vinegar with oregano. And it was great. Bread went in the trash 🙂

    So there are ways 😉 You just have to be a little creative.

    Jim

    Reply
    1. Cameron Baum

      You know, Burger King is interesting. In the UK over a decade ago, they went and added butter to the bun, and upped the fat content of the mayonaise, to make it taste better.

      You can order the Whopper with no bun. Tell them to line the Whopper box with a couple of cheeseburger wrappers, and it’ll be good. They might be confused, but they’ll do it for you, and telling them about the wrappers will tell them this has been done before, and clearly works. (and it does. I have worked in there before now, and have ordered it that way as well.)

      We go to Five Guys for burgers here in Franklin. They’ll happily wrap your burger in lettuce.

      Reply
      1. Rae

        That’s why I love Five Guys, and Cheeseburger Charley’s, and anyone else who freely advertises that you can order burgers bunless. Otherwise I just feel strange about ordering them bunless so I end up throwing away the bun – which bothers me. Even if it is bread!

        The advantage of living on land is that if we end up with bread we didn’t order, we toss it into a field and let the birds eat it.

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    2. Jill

      I used to order a chicken salad baguette at a cafe I frequent. After I read Wheat Belly I ordered it and threw the baguette away. Then they came up with a name for it: BREADLESS BAGUETTE.
      i get my chicken salad (fresh and fab and I don’t have to make it) they don’t waste a baguette and we’re all good!! 🙂

      i do this too with every fast food meal I buy involving bread, although sometimes I order a pat of butter with them!

      ON the odd occasion I order fries, instead of the tomato sauce or mayo that comes with it, I order avocado or yoghurt if available. Many cafes are very accommodating in this respect unless it’s all premade.

      Yep – creative.

      I rarely order fries, but if I do, it’s at Five Guys. Their fries are made from potatoes cut right there in the restaurant and they’re cooked in peanut oil, not soybean or canola oil.

      Reply
      1. John

        I love Five Guys, and I am a huge fan of Peanut oil. However, not all peanut oil is created equal. Most of the peanut oil used to fry foods in restaurants contains TBHQ. It is actually quite difficult for me to find pure peanut oil where I live (Northern Virginia the home of Five Guys).

        It’s probably not the highest quality, but for the few times in a year that I eat fries, I don’t worry about it.

        Reply
  18. Ted Hutchinson

    i agree the idea that asking the food industry to act responsibly and control itself in the promotion of addictive foods to children is about as stupid as inviting burglars into your home to install a new security system.
    But we do have to be aware of the
    The Addictive Dimensionality of Obesity
    which concludes
    “It is telling that the two largest preventable threats to public
    health (smoking and obesity) involve the reward circuit that drives the motivation of individuals to consume rewards despite the fact that they are harmful to their health.
    Solutions to both of these epidemics will require, in addition to individual tailored
    approaches, broad public health initiatives that promote smart changes in the environment.

    Reply
  19. neal matheson

    Hey Ted what was the factor that gave the United states (and later the UK) the striking jump in overweight/obesity in the early eighties. Obesity theories need to account for this jump.
    For the record I pestered my parents to take us to McDonalds when they first opened here and I was never taken to one, but on the flip side it concerns me that my two year old knows what Ice cream and chocolate bars are and it also annoys me that I have to fight her at the checkout of the DIY store (hardware store to you lot!) over the sweets they have on display there. It is not as easy as going to a different one as all DIY stores have a sweet bit by the tills and a soft drink machine, as in fact do many stores.

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  20. David

    So reading above, I guess going out for pizza is better than McDonalds? Gee, I didn’t know! Funny thing is I know 2 Weight Watcher/low fat fanatics who will eat at Zaxbys all the time for their grilled chicken salads topped with low or fat free dressing.

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  21. neal matheson

    Hey Ted what was the factor that gave the United states (and later the UK) the striking jump in overweight/obesity in the early eighties. Obesity theories need to account for this jump.
    For the record I pestered my parents to take us to McDonalds when they first opened here and I was never taken to one, but on the flip side it concerns me that my two year old knows what Ice cream and chocolate bars are and it also annoys me that I have to fight her at the checkout of the DIY store (hardware store to you lot!) over the sweets they have on display there. It is not as easy as going to a different one as all DIY stores have a sweet bit by the tills and a soft drink machine, as in fact do many stores.

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  22. Josh

    I know you talked about this in your movie, but I have seen this most time I take my 5 year old daughter to McDonald’s (shhh, don’t tell Children’s Services that I do that). No matter what meal she goes there for, she will eat less than half of it before asking if she can go play in the Playland. Even if I take her there for dessert, she will eat two bites of her sundae before wanting to go play. Most of her food gets thrown out.

    Recently I saw a mother yell at 2 of their kids (there were four of them in all) because they HAD to eat their ice cream before they could play (I literally had to stop myself from laughing when I heard that).

    The conclusion that I have come to is that is that many (maybe most) kids are more interested in playing than they are in their food, even if it is from McDonald’s. McDonald’s seems to be the only fast-food chain to mix their food with a health club, without the muscle heads, outrageous monthly fees and contract.

    My girls rarely finished a Happy Meal.

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  23. David

    So reading above, I guess going out for pizza is better than McDonalds? Gee, I didn’t know! Funny thing is I know 2 Weight Watcher/low fat fanatics who will eat at Zaxbys all the time for their grilled chicken salads topped with low or fat free dressing.

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  24. Josh

    I know you talked about this in your movie, but I have seen this most time I take my 5 year old daughter to McDonald’s (shhh, don’t tell Children’s Services that I do that). No matter what meal she goes there for, she will eat less than half of it before asking if she can go play in the Playland. Even if I take her there for dessert, she will eat two bites of her sundae before wanting to go play. Most of her food gets thrown out.

    Recently I saw a mother yell at 2 of their kids (there were four of them in all) because they HAD to eat their ice cream before they could play (I literally had to stop myself from laughing when I heard that).

    The conclusion that I have come to is that is that many (maybe most) kids are more interested in playing than they are in their food, even if it is from McDonald’s. McDonald’s seems to be the only fast-food chain to mix their food with a health club, without the muscle heads, outrageous monthly fees and contract.

    My girls rarely finished a Happy Meal.

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  25. Lauren

    Some Five Guys will give you what I call a hamburger double down. The put the onions/toppings and cheese in between two hamburger patties and then wrap it in foil. They put the condiments to the side. Sooooo good.

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  26. Lauren

    Some Five Guys will give you what I call a hamburger double down. The put the onions/toppings and cheese in between two hamburger patties and then wrap it in foil. They put the condiments to the side. Sooooo good.

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  27. JW

    It’s not like McDs will change their business model because of this, so I don’t get your overreaction.

    Their food isn’t fit for human consumption. Bacteria, other animal species, and fungi won’t touch Mc donalds food. It never decomposes. Proving it’s barely organic matter to begin with.

    People know Mc donalds are bad for you, but do they know exactly why? It makes a big difference to one’s willingness to eat their foul poison if one knows exactly how it’s damaging.

    One of the activist criticisms of Mcdonalds is how notoriously environmentally unfriendly they are. If true, I find it deeply disturbing.

    My view is yes, Mcdonalds has a right to be in business – however the extent to which they damage the planet should be investigated, and people should be informed exactly what chemicals they treat their food with. I heard from the activist leaflet onine, “What’s wrong with Mcdonalds?” That they have 12 added chemicals in even the salad. I wouldn’t feed their burgers to my dog.

    Not everyone who eats there, eats for pleasure to the point of not caring whats in it. Many genuinely don’t know exacty what’s in it, because they don’t tell us everything.

    1. McDonald’s food is no more “unfit for human consumption” than the processed foods people buy in grocery stores, yet the activists always seem to focus their efforts on McDonald’s. Same goes for the “environmentally unfriendly” charge. Do you think monocrop farming of soybeans is good for the environment?

    2. The idea that McDonald’s burgers don’t decompose like “normal” burgers is bogus. They all decompose at the same (slow) rate: http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/11/the-burger-lab-revisiting-the-myth-of-the-12-year-old-burger-testing-results.html

    3. The reason the activists piss me off is that they presume to make choices for other people. They’re what Thomas Sowell calls “the anointed”: people who think they can improve society if only they’re allowed to spend enough of other people’s money or restrict enough of other people’s freedoms. In San Francisco, for example, the anti-McDonald’s hysterics managed to get a law passed making it illegal for McDonald’s to include toys with meals. There is zero evidence that removing toys from Happy Meals will have any effect whatsoever on obesity rates, and yet “the anointed” decided they’d just willy-nilly restrict other people’s freedoms because they personally like the idea. If I want to take my kid to McDonald’s for a meal that includes a toy, it’s none of their @#$%ing business.

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  28. JW

    It’s not like McDs will change their business model because of this, so I don’t get your overreaction.

    Their food isn’t fit for human consumption. Bacteria, other animal species, and fungi won’t touch Mc donalds food. It never decomposes. Proving it’s barely organic matter to begin with.

    People know Mc donalds are bad for you, but do they know exactly why? It makes a big difference to one’s willingness to eat their foul poison if one knows exactly how it’s damaging.

    One of the activist criticisms of Mcdonalds is how notoriously environmentally unfriendly they are. If true, I find it deeply disturbing.

    My view is yes, Mcdonalds has a right to be in business – however the extent to which they damage the planet should be investigated, and people should be informed exactly what chemicals they treat their food with. I heard from the activist leaflet onine, “What’s wrong with Mcdonalds?” That they have 12 added chemicals in even the salad. I wouldn’t feed their burgers to my dog.

    Not everyone who eats there, eats for pleasure to the point of not caring whats in it. Many genuinely don’t know exacty what’s in it, because they don’t tell us everything.

    1. McDonald’s food is no more “unfit for human consumption” than the processed foods people buy in grocery stores, yet the activists always seem to focus their efforts on McDonald’s. Same goes for the “environmentally unfriendly” charge. Do you think monocrop farming of soybeans is good for the environment?

    2. The idea that McDonald’s burgers don’t decompose like “normal” burgers is bogus. They all decompose at the same (slow) rate: http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/11/the-burger-lab-revisiting-the-myth-of-the-12-year-old-burger-testing-results.html

    3. The reason the activists piss me off is that they presume to make choices for other people. They’re what Thomas Sowell calls “the anointed”: people who think they can improve society if only they’re allowed to spend enough of other people’s money or restrict enough of other people’s freedoms. In San Francisco, for example, the anti-McDonald’s hysterics managed to get a law passed making it illegal for McDonald’s to include toys with meals. There is zero evidence that removing toys from Happy Meals will have any effect whatsoever on obesity rates, and yet “the anointed” decided they’d just willy-nilly restrict other people’s freedoms because they personally like the idea. If I want to take my kid to McDonald’s for a meal that includes a toy, it’s none of their @#$%ing business.

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  29. Celesta

    You are awesome! Keep doing what you are doing! However, I went to Netflix today to rewatch part of Fat Head and it was no longer available! Will it be back??

    They licensed the previous version for two years. That deal ended a couple of months ago. I’m not sure yet if they’ll go for the updated version.

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  30. Celesta

    You are awesome! Keep doing what you are doing! However, I went to Netflix today to rewatch part of Fat Head and it was no longer available! Will it be back??

    They licensed the previous version for two years. That deal ended a couple of months ago. I’m not sure yet if they’ll go for the updated version.

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